Fertilizer

Notice: This is only a preliminary collection of relevant material

Below you find some relevant material, but it is only a preliminary collection and we will further develop our work on this topic in the future (to cover it in the same detail as for example our entry on World Population Growth).

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Empirical View

Fertilizer application rates

Fertilizer application over the long run

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Total fertilizer application rates

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Nitrogen fertilizer application rate

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World map of average annual nitrogen balance (pounds per acre) – National Geographic1

World Map of Average Annual Nitrogen Balance (pounds per acre) – National Geographic0

Phosphate fertilizer application rate

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Potash fertilizer application rate

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Fertilizer production

Total fertilizer production

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Nitrogen fertilizer production

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Phosphate fertilizer production

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Potash (potassium) fertilizer production

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Fertilizer consumption

Nitrogen fertilizer consumption

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Phosphate fertilizer consumption

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Potash (potassium) fertilizer consumption

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Fertilizer and nutrient prices

Phosphate and potash prices over the long-term

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Global fertilizer price index

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Global urea prices

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Correlates, Determinants & Consequences

Fertilizer consumption and income

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Yields tend to increase with fertilizer application

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Fertilizer and land use

World fertilizer use and grainland area per person, (1950-94) – Brown (1995)2


World Fertilizer Use and Grainland Area Per Person, (1950-94) – Brown (1995)0
Grain production in Australia, China, South America, and United States relative to nitrogen fertilizer use, 1961-2002 – Hatfield and Prueger (2004)3
Grain production in Australia, China, South America, and United States relative to N fertilizer use (1961-2002)0

Data Sources

The FAO Fertilizer Database is online here. It includes several datasets on fertilizers for countries and world regions since 2002.
The same organisation’s Fertilizer Archive goes back to 1961 and is online here. For the same time span the FAO publishes data in the Fertilizers Trade Values Database here.