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Phosphorus depletion : the invisible crisis

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Abstract: This information sheet discusses the process “Phosphorus depletion: the invisible crisis” which was carried out within the framework of the Development Policy Review Network (DPRN). Global reserves of phosphorus are running out and, since plants need phosphate to grow, this poses an enormous challenge for global food production in the foreseeable future. A shortage of phosphate could ultimately result in large-scale famine and social-political turmoil. Surprisingly, phosphorus depletion did not seem to be on the political agenda some time ago. In order to increase awareness of these problems, the Netherlands Water Partnership, WASTE and Plant Research International initiated a one year DPRN process in 2009 to place the issue on the Dutch and European political agendas.
Series Title: Infosheet
Corporate author(s): DPRN
Category: Practice
Keywords: agriculture , environment , sustainable development , water
Language: eng
Organization: DPRN - Development Policy Review Network
Place: [Amsterdam]
Publisher: DPRN
Year: 2011
Right: © 2011 DPRN
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: Phosphorus depletion : the invisible crisis