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Future food security is contingent on technology improvements and knowledge transfer

Engagement through partnerships creates impact. Collaboration across sectors increases efficiency, enabling sustainable productivity enhancements.

Yara contributes to partnerships. We are the world-leading provider of crop nutrition, with extensive agronomic expertise and crop knowledge. Food demand driving agricultural intensification is a challenge to the environment. Improved resource use efficiency – of land and water, energy and nutrients – is a necessity.

Improving productivity and increasing production depends upon employing knowledge. Innovation and application of best practice are prerequisites to make agriculture more sustainable.

Future food production has to become more efficient and increase output to meet demand

While food demand will almost double, available cropland is predicted to grow by only 5%. Improved productivity is a key; value chains an avenue.

Farmers are center stage when shaping partnerships: they are the ones growing the crops and producing the meat. They have consistently increased their output to satisfy demand. Future increases must be achieved with relatively fewer resource inputs. Farming is challenged by climate change and low profitability, and needs enabling frameworks.

Over one billion people are employed in agriculture. The great majority are found in the developing world, where most farmers are smallholders.

Future food consumption is driven by population growth as well as dietary changes

While world population will increase by about 30% from 2010 to 2050, food consumption will be over twice as high – calling for innovative partnerships.

Consumers are the indirect drivers of collaborative efforts: they are the ones buying the food, and higher demand requires efficient production systems. Economic growth drives changing dietary habits and food demand. Higher meat consumption requires more grain as feedstock.

Agricultural production has to almost double by 2050. Increased consumption challenges agricultural productivity – and the sustainability of food production.

Read more: Creating impact

Yara has gained a strong market presence in Brazil

Yara's market presence in Brazil spans five decades. We now run two sales offices, four plants and 28 blending units, employing a total of 2,500 people across the country.

Brazil consumes more than 30 million tons of mineral fertilizers a year. Yara is the main provider of crop nutrition solutions to the Brazilian market, delivering a substantial share of the country’s total fertilizer consumption.

Yara is present throughout Brazil, covering
 a large part of the fertilizer value chain, including an extensive distribution network. Brazil is the single largest market for our mineral fertilizers, and a growth area for our environmental solutions.

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Yara has established a solid position for growing in Brazil

Since the 1990s, we have seen a great potential for expanding in the Brazilian market, and have seized several opportunities to strengthen our footprint, also through acquisitions.

Beginning with our first major acquisition in Brazil – of Adubos Trevo – in 2000, we have invested significantly in the country, including the acquirement of Fertibras in 2006 and Bunge Fertilizer in 2013. These investments have included fertilizer production and port facilities as well as sales and distribution networks.

Building on our present position, we are ready to explore new opportunities in the growing Brazilian market – which also include increased demand for Yara’s environmental solutions.

Read more: Announcement of Bunge Fertilizer acquisition

Yara has become the fertilizer market leader in Brazil

In 2013 we delivered 5.8 million tons of mineral fertilizers in Brazil. Entering 2014 we deliver a substantial share of the Brazil’s total fertilizer consumption.

Brazil has an advanced agriculture sector that demands high-quality fertilizers. Increasingly, Yara supplies solutions with value added products tailored to specific crops, satisfying the advance of precision farming in Brazil. Our largest fertilizer volumes are delivered for growing soybeans, maize and sugar cane.

We also delivered substantial amounts of processed chemicals and environmental solutions, not least of our NOx abatement solution, known in Brazil as ARLA 32.

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Yara Brazil is now the largest national workforce in the company

In 2013 we welcomed about one thousand new employees to our global workforce as a result of the integration of Bunge Fertilizer; reaching 9,759 permanent employees worldwide.

In Brazil we employed about 2,500 people permanently by the end of 2013 – no less than 26% of our total workforce. About half of these, more than 1,200, joined Yara as a result of the integration of Bunge Fertilizer into our operations, and have received training in company policies, procedures and systems – not least safety.

Most of our Brazilian employees are located in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where our largest fertilizer production units are located.

See video: Yara’s operation in Brazil

Brazil has emerged as a world-leading agricultural producer

Yara partners with Brazilian agriculture. We offer crop nutrition solutions and share our agronomic expertise, also engaging in agricultural research cooperation.

Brazil is the world’s sixth largest economy, and the third biggest agricultural exporter. Yara is the world’s leading provider of high-quality mineral fertilizer, and the main supplier of crop nutrition solutions to Brazil’s agriculture.

Yara delivers tailored crop nutrition solutions to all of Brazil’s major commercial crops, improving productivity and increasing profitability. We have teamed up with some of the country’s best scientific institutions within tropical agriculture.

See video: Agriculture in Brazil

Brazil is a global agricultural powerhouse

Since the 1990s Brazilian agriculture has been among the world’s fastest growing, and the country has seen strong growth in production volumes and yield increases.

Brazil produces a wide range of crops for food, fodder, fiber – and fuel. Brazil was a pioneer in replacing hydrocarbons with ethanol, mainly produced from sugarcane, to fuel vehicles. The country is suited for tropical as well as other crops. Cassava, maize, paddy rice, soybeans and sugarcane make up the largest volumes, with soybeans carrying the highest value.

Agricultural growth in Brazil is mainly the result of rich natural endowments, favorable policy regimes and investments in research and development.

Read more: Position paper – Biofuels (pdf)

Brazil is a country extremely rich in natural as well as human resources

Brazil’s agricultural growth draws upon the country’s large size, with huge areas suited for cropping or grazing – supported by water supplies and agronomic knowledge.

Covering over 8.5 million square kilometers, Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country. About 69 million hectares are cultivated. Another 250 million ha can theoretically be added – without compromising the country’s remaining forests. Brazil’s water resources support expansion, as do trained farming and research communities.

Some of Brazil’s agricultural growth, with grazing of livestock, has been unsustainably supported by land use change, and the reduction of forests.

Read more: Position paper – Land Use Efficiency (pdf)

Brazil is an emerging economic power

Since the 1990s, Brazil has emerged as the world’s sixth largest economy, and agriculture has played an important part in fueling the growth.

Brazil has a highly diversified economy with a developed industrial sector and a large service sector. It is estimated that by 2050, Brazil, with a population of nearly 250 million, will be the fourth largest economy in the world. In recent years economic growth has been fueled by increasing exports of oil and gas, as well as of agricultural products.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, coffee, sugar and orange juice concentrate, and a major exporter of meat.

Yara and Brazilian agriculture can together create global impact

Yara’s high-quality and low-carbon mineral fertilizers improve yields and reduce negative environmental impacts. With a major producer such as Brazil, that has a big effect.

Brazil harbors a great potential to improve its agricultural productivity and increase yields. Yara has agronomic solutions and fertilizer products – Programas nutricionais – to improve productivity, and environmental solutions – Soluções industriais – to combat air pollution.

Yara creates impact through improving the resource use efficiency of Brazilian agriculture. We share crop knowledge, support precision farming, and supply sustainable solutions, including fertigation.

See video: Effects of Yara’s operations in Brazil

Brazil and Yara invest in agricultural R&D

Yara engages with major scientific institutions in Brazil. We work on projects aimed to improve productivity and increase yields – and to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint.

In 2012/13 we started a project with Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) on the use of nitrogen fertilizer in tropical conditions, aiming to cut emission of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas causing climate change.

With the Instituto Agronômico, we have improved citrus yields through fertigation, reducing water use. With the Universidade de São Paulo we have evaluated the use of micronutrients for sugar cane, as well developing precision farming.

See video: Innovation in agriculture

Improving agriculture’s environmental impact rests largely on raising productivity

Yara argues the need – and potential – to improve productivity, increasing resource use efficiency and reducing land use change. We have developed technological tools to improve productivity, creating impact also in Brazil.

By improving productivity, more output (crops) can be yielded from relatively less input (including land, water, energy and fertilizers). This is in line with sustainable agriculture, saving the environment and securing profitability – and with climate-smart agriculture.

In Brazil, Yara helps improve productivity by promoting precision farming. We offer our solutions and tools, such as the N-Sensor – which measures the plant’s exact nutritional needs, improving nutrient use efficiency.

Read more: Precision farming

Yara and Brazilian agriculture share concerns for food security and climate change

Yara creates impact by improving productivity in a sustainable way, while Brazil applies improved farming methods that increase food production while reducing emissions.

Food security is challenged by global growth and increased consumption. Yara offers solutions to increase yields – while Brazil supplies a growing world market with a surplus of food and fodder, creating impact.

Climate change is threatening future living conditions as well as agriculture. Yara offers technologies to make agriculture part of the solution – while Brazil, with its huge size and valuable ecosystems, creates substantial impact by adopting modern farming methods.

Read more: Position paper – Agriculture and Climate (pdf)