IFDC Report, Volume 33, No. 3

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This report highlights the significant contributions made by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in developing and improving fertilizers and fertilizer technology used globally. It emphasizes the pivotal role played by TVA in the 1950s to 1970s, during which approximately 75% of current fertilizers and fertilizer technology were developed or enhanced. The report underlines the impressive returns on investment, with $41 million in TVA research yielding a remarkable $57 billion to the U.S. agriculture sector alone. However, due to inadequate public funding, the TVA fertilizer research program was discontinued in the early 1990s, leading to a decline in the development of new and more efficient fertilizers and manufacturing technologies. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) calls for a renewed commitment to fertilizer research and advocates for exploring advanced techniques such as nanotechnology and molecular biology to develop a new generation of energy-efficient fertilizers. The report emphasizes the need for public investment and highlights the IFDC's role in fostering research and training through its six pilot plants for fertilizer development and production. With its expertise, resources, and international collaborations, the IFDC is well-positioned to lead efforts in addressing the urgent need for improved fertilizer technology to alleviate the global food crisis.
Sulphuric acid, Fertilizer technology