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The Institute for Agrarian Studies orginized the Round Table "How Restrictions on the Fertilizer Consumption Can Affect Global Agricultural Markets"

The round table “How restrictions on the fertilizers consumption can affect global agricultural markets” was held at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) on March 21, 2019. The main topic of discussion was the prospects for reducing fertilization application rates and the question of legitimation of the equity of fertilizers and pesticides due to the recent changes in EU and USA legislation (United Nations Indicator SDG 2.1.4). The experts discussed how it will affect Russian fertilizer producers, on the one hand, and global trends in biologization, the use of combined plant protection methods, organic farming, on the other.

Dmitry Shtundyuk, Deputy Director of the Crop Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the RF, Olga Kharina, Head of Department of the Consolidated Works and Statistics for Agriculture of the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), Head of the Plant Protection Services Department of the Rosselkhoztsentr Andrei Zhivykh, Head of PhosAgro Agronomic Service Lidia Dubrovskikh, Head of Environmental Management Direction Konstantin Ivanov and Advisor to the General Director Nina Khangaldyan of “Uralchem” company, Acting Director of the Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Agasi Harutyunyan, Head of the Rural Development Department at the Institute of Agrarian Research at NRU HSE and the Department of Socio-Economic Geography of Foreign Countries, Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University Alexey Naumov, Director of the All-Russian Research Institute of Phytopathology Alex Glinushkin, Executive director of the "National Organic Alliance" Oleg Mironenko and other experts spoke at the round table.

The following topics were discussed:

- Global fertilizer market trends. What kind of regional experience can be important for Russia? Main drivers and market barriers.
- Trends of the microbiological fertilizers and integrated plant protection methods use in Russia and in the world.
- Prospects of the environmental restrictions implementation and systems of sustainable agriculture in the EU, according to the United Nations Indicator SDG 2.4.1.
- What are the consequences for consumers if the fertilizers are equated with a group of pesticides? Will it lead to a decrease in fertilizer consumption in the EU and a negative consumer perception of these products?
- How will the adoption of the law and technical regulations on organics affect the fertilizer market?
- How the registration system of fertilizers in the Russian Federation and in the world can be changed due to the introduction of new rules and various trade barriers.
- What proposals should be submitted for the UN Commission on Statistics discussion?

Proposals and theses upon the discussion at the Round Table “How Restrictions on the Fertilizer Consumption Can Affect Global Agricultural Markets”

Alexey Naumov "Global Fertilizers Market: Drivers and Barriers"

Agasi Harutyunyan "Sustainable Food Production and Agriculture"

FAO publications on Sustainable Rural Development

Additional Information on UN Indicator SDG 2.1.4