UN/FAO International Code of Conduct for Use and Management of Fertilizers

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Developed to respond to UN Environment Assembly and UN Committee on Agriculture (COAG) objectives and to implement the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (2016), this proposed Code aims to provide a locally adaptable framework and voluntary set of practices with which governments, the fertiliser industry, agricultural extension and advisory services, farmers and stakeholders can contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security from a nutrient management perspective. In particular, the Code aims to assist countries in establishing systems for monitoring fertiliser trade, quality and management and for promoting their efficient and effective use. The Codes’ objectives include to “Promote recycling of nutrients for agricultural and other land uses to reduce the environmental impacts of excess nutrients in the biosphere”. Chapters are: soil fertility and plant nutrition, fertiliser use and management, nutrient use and recycling, composition and testing, access and labelling, information, monitoring and observance. The Code has been developed by the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil partnership (GSP) and FAO through an inclusive consultation process and was published in June 2018 as a “zero-draft”, now under finalisation.

Zero-draft Code of Conduct for the Use and Management of Fertilizers www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlights/detail/fr/c/1141549