Agronomics, Economics and Trade


For a fertilizer product or process to be successful in any given market, it must first be evaluated on a scientific level for its benefit to specific crops grown in specific soil types.



Promoting Successful Fertilizer Products

Economic evaluation is critical to ensure that the market is robust and sustainable and that it is prepared to accept the new fertilizer product. The product must also meet minimal cost-benefit ratios and flow within a free market, pro-fertilizer policy environment.

All of these factors are extensively studied by IFDC agronomists, economists and marketing experts to ensure that the stage is set for the greatest possible success of fertilizer products introduced into agriculture sectors around the developing world.



Building Fertilizer Supply Chains and Agricultural Markets

Through extensive market research and assessment activities, project development, advisory services and policy analysis and dialogue, this group helps developing and transitional economies provide an enabling environment for building both fertilizer supply chains and agricultural markets as a whole.



Advancing National and Regional Trade

The group analyzes the feasibility of investment programs, socioeconomic suitability of new fertilizer technologies, implications of multilateral trade agreements on agriculture and agribusiness, and economic and policy measures required to advance national and regional trade efforts. The group also develops and helps to implement agro-input subsidy programs (also known as “smart subsidies”) in developing countries.