Feed the Future Newsletter, Issue 121, March 2023
The global fertilizer shortage – stemming from Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine exacerbating global food, fuel and fertilizer prices around the world – is particularly concerning as it threatens the ability of smallholder farmers – the backbone of food security – to remain productive. That’s why Feed the Future has made fertilizer efficiency one of its top response priorities. When fertilizer prices spike, farmers grow less food and the pain is felt beyond the field – households earn less, working opportunities diminish and access to healthy diets are cut. And while fertilizer prices are decreasing, they remain high and contribute to poverty, hunger and reduced diet quality in Feed the Future partner countries. In this month’s newsletter find out how Feed the Future is helping farmers stay productive during the crisis, strengthen their resilience to overcome future shocks, and contribute to building a stronger global food system.