The primary functions of the Fertilizer Materials Program within IFDC’s Research and Development Division (RDD) are to conduct research and development projects that characterize and identify the most efficient use of fertilizer raw materials (including phosphate rock) and to develop processes to use these raw materials in fertilizer production.
The program is divided into the following areas of emphasis:
- Utilization of Indigenous Resources
Research concerning the availability and quantity of fertilizer raw materials with an emphasis on developing countries.
- Characterization and Evaluation of Raw Materials
Research concerning the composition, quality and processing characteristics of fertilizer raw materials.
- Fertilizer Production and Properties
This area of emphasis addresses the numerous requests for information IFDC receives each year, primarily from developing countries with respect to fertilizer production.
- Development of Organic/Inorganic Nutrient Products
Information gathering, research and process development concerning the utilization and combination of organic and inorganic sources to produce fertilizer.
These projects and activities are conducted under contract and in collaboration with national and international research and development agencies, government institutions, fertilizer trade associations and fertilizer manufacturers. Many of the projects are conducted on a cost-reimbursable basis. Activities related to providing information and technical assistance to developing countries, the decrease in water used, coupled with promoting the safe and efficient use of fertilizer raw material resources and fertilizers are generally funded through government grants.