Nourishing Plants and People

New Insights on How Fertilizers Affect Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health

November 19, 2010
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

Luc Maene, Director General, International Fertilizer Industry Association; Tom Bruulsema, Director of the Northeast Region, International Plant Nutrition Institute; Ross Welch, Plant Physiologist and Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS Robert W. Holley Research Center for Agriculture and Health

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - 202-862-8107


International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility


Millions of farmers use fertilizers to increase agricultural production and productivity and thereby improve their livelihoods. But fertilizers have impacts beyond agricultural production. If they are not managed carefully, fertilizers can damage soil and groundwater and compromise people’s health. In this seminar, Luc Maene, Tom Bruulsema, and Ross Welch talk about how fertilizer use interacts with agriculture, nutrition, and health and consider how we can reduce the risks and enhance the positive contributions of fertilizer use.

This seminar is the second in the lead-in series for the IFPRI 2020 International Conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health.” For more information on the conference, go to