Global Fertilizer Challenge raises $135 million for fertilizer efficiency and soil health measures to tackle food insecurity
Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Richard Duke and high-level partners from the United States, European Commission, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands announced new funding totaling $135 million for fertilizer efficiency and soil health programs to address fertilizer shortages and food insecurity. The announcement exceeds President Biden’s Global Fertilizer Challenge goal, set at the June 17 Major Economies Forum, to raise $100 million by COP27 to help low- and middle-income countries address the global fertilizer shortages caused, in part, by Russia’s unprovoked invasion. Ukraine.
Deputy Special Envoy Duke was joined at the launch event by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, European Union Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, Norwegian Minister Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, German Secretary of State Jochen Flasbarth, Dutch Ambassador Marcel Beukeboom, African Union Commissioner Josefa Sacko, Colombian Deputy Minister Villegas, and CEO of the International Fertilizer Association , Alzbeta Klein. The new public funding of $109 million – including $25 million from the United States – will be used to expand fertilizer and soil health programs in sub-Saharan Africa and key middle-income countries outside the continent. These coordinated investments are an important step towards better donor alignment and integration with the African Union-led Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan to be endorsed at the African Union Summit on Fertilizers and Soil Health June 2023.
In addition to $109 million in government funds, the Food and Agriculture Research Foundation (FFAR) is mobilizing $4.5 million from the private sector to match a U.S. government grant to support the Efficient Fertilizer Consortium (https://foundationfar.org/news/ffar-lance-effective-fertilizer-consortium/) and a group of funders and philanthropic investors have committed $21.5 million in aligned funding (https://www.climateworks.org/press release/engagement-in-philanthropist-and-investor-funding-aligned-to-support-global-action-on-fertilizers) which will address more broadly the role of fertilizers in the climate, food and energy security crises.