Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Interview with Ms Hajbouha Zoubeir, President of the Phosboucraa Foundation

New Zealand is one of a number of countries importing phosphate rock from Western Sahara. There has been recent public discussion about the importation.

Ms Hajbouha Zoubeir visited New Zealand in February to talk about the work of the Phosboucraa Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2014 to carry out the Phosboucraa mine's sustainability programme in the region. Over the last five years, the Foundation has supported access to education, skills development, entrepreneurship, and healthcare.

Please listen to an interview with Ms Hajbouha Zoubeir, who is herself Saharawi, talking about the Phosboucraa Foundation's social investment programme. She also provides a personal perspective on the reality of life in Western Sahara.

Useful resources

Under the Acacia - Phosboucraa Community Report

OCP 2019 Sustainability Report

We have prepared some FAQs to outline our industry position on sourcing phosphate from Western Sahara, which you can read here.


The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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23 September 2020

New Phosphorus Use Guidance Note that clearly explains why we need to manage phosphorus losses and why we need to build on the international principles of the '4 Rs' for good management of nutrients.

9 September 2020

Through a comprehensive research programme -- Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) -- OverseerFM has been updated to include the diuretic response in animals as a result of consuming plantain.

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