About Yara

Research and development

Yara has grown through a combination of scientific research, commercial daring and knowledge sharing that have revolutionized modern agriculture. For Yara, sharing knowledge is key, and to provide farmers and distributors with practical solutions that really work, the company needs to be at the forefront of developing new products and technology.
Yara Hanninghof Germany

We employ our tradition of innovation to nurture a culture that encourages: 

  • the search for improved methods and the development of new solutions, 
  • exploring and seizing future growth opportunities and 
  • driving business development

How we innovate

We identify business opportunities arising from global challenges and employ our core competencies to develop and offer solutions within three areas of focus: Resources, food and the environment.

We established innovation platforms as the framework for driving business development and launching solutions and services that meet the demands of our customers.

Through these platforms, we coordinate prioritized projects, enabling a holistic approach to creating value for our customers with maximum efficiency.

Know our platforms

Emissions to Air innovation platform

We explore opportunities arising from air pollution, for example,  cleaner technologies. As a leader in abating hazardous NOx and SOx emissions, we focus our innovation efforts to develop applications and solutions for a growing global market.

Water scarcity innovation platform 
Water shortages are a challenge in agriculture. Yara has a leading position in fertigation solutions reducing water usage. For instance, Yara ZIM Plant Technology has developed a leading crop water sensor technology, which is mostly used in high-precision irrigation systems to improve yields and make water use more efficient.

Resource efficiency innovation platform 
Yara explores ways to improve the use of scarce resources other than water, notably land and phosphate. Yara is a knowledge leader with the Crop Nutrition Concept, making nutrient use more efficient, and explores opportunities to increase the efficient use of phosphate and improve processing technologies.

Coffee & Cocoa innovation platform 
Yara combines crop-specific nutrition knowledge with recent experiences from public-private partnerships and value chain approaches, such as participating in the Coffee Task Force in Vietnam.

How we are organized

Yara has organized its Research & Development (R&D) organization into three core competency communities:

  • Product and application development
  • Process research and
  • Catalyst systems

Our research and development centers 

Yara runs three R&D centers: 

Porsgrunn, Norway Sluiskil, the Netherlands Hanninghof, Germany

Yara International ASA

Yara Technology Centre, B.92

P.O. Box 1130

N-3905 Porsgrunn Norway

Tel: +47 2415 7000 

Fax: +47 2415 8140

Yara Sluiskil B.V

Industrieweg 10 NL-4541 HJ 

Sluiskil Netherlands

Tel: +31 11 547 4444 

Fax: +31 11 547 2688 

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Yara GmbH & Co. KG 

Hanninghof 35 D-48249 

Dülmen P.O. Box 1464 D-48235 

Dülmen Germany

Tel: +49 2594 798 0 

Fax: +49 2594 798 116 

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Partnerships worldwide

Yara established a systematic approach to open innovation through partnerships. A series of collaborations with universities, institutes or companies supplements our internal capacity in support of specific projects.

Some examples:

Tropical fertilizers in Brazil 
In 2013, we established a cooperation with Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), Brazil’s chief research organization, where joint trials investigate the economic and environmental benefits of Yara fertilizers in tropical sites.

Sahara Forest Project 
In 2012, we engaged in the Sahara Forest Pilot Project in Qatar, confirming the concept of successful year-round greenhouse production of cucumbers in the desert, utilizing solely renewable energy.


Innovation in agriculture: Knowledge grows

In 2013 the cooperation with Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) established joint trials to investigate the economic and environmental benefits of Yara fertilizers in tropical sites.
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