2019 FAO The international Code of Conduct or the sustainable use and management of fertilizers

The International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers was developed in response to the Committee on Agriculture’s (COAG) request to increase food safety and the safe use of fertilizers. It is also a response to the third United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA3) declaration on soil pollution, while ensuring enhanced support to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM). The Fertilizer Code aims to address issues of global importance, thereby contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It essentially provides a locally adaptable framework and a voluntary set of practices to serve the different stakeholders directly or indirectly involved with fertilizers.
It is expected that these stakeholders will contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security from a nutrient management perspective, by adhering to and implementing the principles mentioned in this Fertilizer Code.
The Fertilizer Code is the result of an exhaustive consultation process, which was initiated in December 2017 and unfolded until February 2019, as recommended by the COAG’s Bureau. As requested by the 6 Plenary Assembly (PA) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), by the 26 session of the COAG and by the 160th session of the FAO Council, the current text takes account of the feedback and comments received during this thorough consultation process. The Fertilizer Code was finally endorsed by the 41st session of the FAO Conference in June 2019.

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