As the world population rapidly increases and natural resources and arable lands diminish, climate change has reached alarming dimensions, bringing humankind closer to the serious danger of hunger and drought. In the periods ahead, this issue will be at the top of the agenda for national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as world media.
Within this framework, the British weekly economics magazine The Economist has organized a summit entitled “Feeding the World” in London on February 13 to draw attention to hunger and nutrition issues throughout the world. Esin Mete, president of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and CEO of Toros-Agri attended the summit alongside industry leaders, governmental officers, NGOs, and scientists.
Food, nutrition, and opportunities for a collaboration on sustainable agricultural development were discussed during the summit whereby. Esin Mete gave a speech about the importance of fertilizers regarding the fight against malnutrition and hunger at the panel discussion entitled “Tackling malnutrition now – getting the right nutrients to those that need them”. During the panel directed by editors of The Economist, Esin Mete addressed issues such as the fight against malnutrition and the role of the fertilizer industry, agricultural bio-enhancement, adding micro-nutrients to fertilizers to overcome deficiencies in soils, plants, and individuals, and the improvement of food quality. Mete emphasized zinc deficiency that leads to child deaths besides having various other harmful effects, and discussed Toros-Agri’s zinc-enhanced fertilizers to overcome this deficiency, along with the positive preliminary results of this process.
During her IFA term presidency for 2013-2014, Esin Mete has made it her priority to draw attention to the importance of plant nutrition and contributing to food safety through correct use of fertilizers; Mete attaches great importance to events that create constructive debates and draw the attention of policymakers to such issues.