Phosphorus is one of the building blocks of all life. Every living cell requires it; plants need phosphorus to grow as much as they need water.  The use of phosphate fertilizers is a vital resource in modern agriculture that enables the world to feed its growing population.

The manufactured fertilizer industry provides a wide range of products, supplying one or more essential mineral nutrients around the world.  Phosphate fertilizer’s unique properties help expand food production for a growing global population, changing dietary habits in major emerging economies and increasing demand for biofuels.


  • It takes, on average, one ton of fertilizer to produce 130 tons of grain
  • In 2014, fertilizers supported almost 1 million people in direct employment around the world
  • Farmers today produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs than they did in 1950.