March 29, 2011 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., and ZÜRICH, Switzerland – Dr. Amit Roy, IFDC president and CEO, has been named co-leader of the Global TraPs project, along with Dr. Roland Scholz, chair of the Natural and Soil Science Interface at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich). Global TraPs stands for “global transdisciplinary processes preparing for sustainably coping with phosphorus from a supply chain perspective.”

The Global TraPs project will study phosphorus use, management and sustainability from a supply chain perspective through a transdisciplinary process (theory-practice) involving experts from academia, industry, governments, non-governmental organizations and other concerned parties. The goal of Global TraPs is to build knowledge about how humans can make transitions toward more sustainable phosphorus use.

“Phosphorus is one of the key nutrients necessary to human, animal and plant life,” said Roy and Scholz in a joint statement. “Phosphorus is also a finite resource that must be used more effectively and efficiently. By focusing on phosphorus from the supply chain perspective, the Global TraPs initiative seeks to bring greater understanding to a number of issues that confront humanity and our environment.”

Roy is the project’s principal practice leader, representing industry, government, business and international organizations; Scholz is the principal academic leader.

Roy will preside over the first Global TraPs steering board meeting, which will take place March 31-April 1 in Zürich. The event will focus on clearly defining the project’s strategy and reviewing leadership roles. For more information about Global TraPs, visit

IFDC is a public international organization, governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing countries. The nonprofit Center is supported by various bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, private foundations and national governments. IFDC focuses on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.


IFDC Contacts:
Courtney Greene
+1 256-381-6600 ext. 357

Andrea Ulrich
Global TraPs
+41 44 632 9318

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