GPNM / INI publication 'Our Nutrient World'

The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution

Global Overview on Nutrient Management, prepared by the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management in collaboration with the International Nitrogen Initiative


This report draws attention to the multiple benefits and threats of human nutrient use. It highlights how nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers are estimated to feed half the human population alive today, and how they will remain critical in the future, especially given increasing population and potential bioenergy needs. Yet high nutrient use has created a web of pollution affecting the environment and human health, while insufficient access to nutrients has led to soil degradation, causing food insecurity and exacerbating loss of natural ecosystems. The report shows how these problems cross all global change challenges, threatening water, air and soil quality, climate balance, stratospheric ozone and biodiversity.



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The (low resolution - 10 Mb) pdf version of Our Nutrient World is available online and can be downloaded here: Our Nutrient World

The (high resolution - 15 Mb) pdf version of the Executive Summary of Our Nutrient World can be downloaded here: Executive Summary


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The press briefing (in English) for the launch of Our Nutrient World can be downloaded here (briefing EN).

National press contacts are available (and translations into selected languages) for the following countries:

Country Contact Person Email Briefing Language
Austria Wilfried Winiwarter German
Brazil Jean Ometto  
France Bruna Grizzetti  
India N. Raghuram  
  Y.P. Abrol  
  Tapan Adhya  
Netherlands Albert Bleeker Dutch
Spain Mark Theobald  
UK Barnaby Smith English
USA Eric Davidson (INI)  
  Amit Roy (GPNM)  
UNEP Anjan Datta  

A press release in Italian will also be available on request from the INI European Centre, contact

If your country is not on the list, please contact either INI at or the relevant INI regional centre (listed above).



Our Nutrient World has been produced as a collaboration between the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) and the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI). The report was commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the Government of Norway, INI, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and other partners, as listed on page ii of the report.

Copies of the report may also be downloaded at the UNEP and GPNM sites, as well as at the sites of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), which are the two parent bodies of the International Nitrogen Initiative.