MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – “…In April 1974, amid food shortages around the world and rising energy and farm supply prices, then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in a speech to the United Nations, pledged the availability of U.S. fertilizer technology and strong material support.

Kissinger said there would be the establishment of ‘an international action on two specific areas of research: improving the effectiveness of chemical fertilizers, especially in tropical agriculture; and new methods to produce fertilizers from non-petroleum resources.’

Kissinger’s pledge led to the creation of IFDC…”

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