The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Side Events Agenda

A food systems approach to transforming Africa’s soil health: policy, science, implementation and impact | IFDC | International Fertilizer Development Center

10/22/2021 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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To achieve systemic transformation in food system and consumption patterns, we must begin by transforming soil health. Healthy soils are critical for producing nutritious foods, closing water and nutrient cycles, and sequestering carbon. Land is also the primary source of income for smallholder farmers globally. If we feed the soil, the soil can feed the world. Optimized use of mineral fertilizers, combined with organic amendments in integrated crop and landscape management, is the foundation to achieving food system goals—increased production of nutritious food, increased farmer profitability, enhanced environmental protection, and improved sustainability. Our panelists will discuss the policy, science, implementation, and impact of smart fertilization strategies for soil health to enhance agriculture productivity and transform lives in Africa, while reflecting on the global discourse on sustainable agriculture.



  • Dr. Richard Mkandawire, Africa Director, Alliance for African Partnership (AAP)
  • Dr. Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate.
  • Julie Borlaug, President of the Borlaug Foundation and Vice President for Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Invaio Sciences.
  • Dr. Oumou Camara, Regional Director, IFDC North & West Africa 
  • Dr. Prem Bindraban, Program Director, Fertilizer Research and Responsible Implementation (FERARI)


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