Zero Hunger

2020 Edition
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Inorganic Fertilizers: Necessity to Achieve Global Zero Hunger Target

  • Muhammad SaqibEmail author
  • Rabia Yasin
  • Javaid Akhtar
Reference work entry


Any natural or synthetic-chemical material added to soil to provide one or more of the essential elements required for proper plant growth and development is called a fertilizer (Kiiski et al. 2000). The term fertilizer is basically derived from the Latin word “fertilis” that means fruit bearing. Fertilizers are the refined product that provides required nutrients to plants without the addition of any harmful substance greater than permissible limits. Many prefixes are used for such products, i.e., synthetic, inorganic, mineral, chemical, or artificial fertilizers (FAO 2006).

Inorganic Fertilizers: Necessity to Achieve Global Zero Hunger Target

Inorganic fertilizers are those that are obtained from mineral deposits after little processing, and some are industrially prepared (Mtambanengwe et al. 2007). The necessary food needed by the rapidly growing world population is largely provided by crops (Emmerson et al. 2014). Therefore, an equally rapid and consistent increase in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Soil and Environmental SciencesUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural ManagementRasht Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityRashtIran