During 2020 the International Fertiliser Association, in response to prompting by the United Nations, established a Scientific Panel on Responsible Plant Nutrition. Its mission is to provide a sound scientific basis for the principles and practices of responsible plant nutrition in farming systems. It will achieve this by better understanding the links between plant nutrition practices and sustainability outcomes, and providing the scientific evidence to support a transition in practices to achieve these outcomes.
In October 2020 the Scientific Panel published a major report outlining how this vision can be achieved, defining a new paradigm for plant nutrition. This defines five interconnected aims of responsible plant nutrition, along with ten high level questions that the industry must address over the next 5-10 years. These lead to the six key action areas in which progress must be achieved. The report also identifies the contributions that various parts of the industry need to deliver, and explains what ‘success’ will look like.
This presentation explains these components of the new paradigm, along with the thinking behind them.