Restrictions on Using More Fertilizer for Food Crops in Developing Countries

ID-77-6: Published: Jul 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1977.

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Developing countries could produce more food by using more fertilizer. Although steps have been taken to produce more fertilizer, its use is often hindered by the individual countries' policies and institutional constraints.

Farmers in many developing countries find it difficult to use more fertilizer due to such governmental policies as the maintenance of artificially low food prices for urban populations which discourage farmers from using high cost agricultural products. Fertilizer use should be considered along with other methods of increasing crop yield and as part of a needed effort to increase food crops in developing countries.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Recommendation: The Secretaries of State, Agriculture, and the Treasury and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development should work for concerted action by all countries and institutions that provide fertilizer assistance to: (1) induce recipient Governments to revise policies which act as constraints and to adopt a strategy to increase the use of fertilizer on food crops; and (2) incorporate, where appropriate, a requirement in new agreements with recipient countries for food, financial, and technical assistance that affirmative action be taken by developing countries to remove constraints to greater agricultural production, including constraints to increasing the use of fertilizer.

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