is designed to establish activities and best practices in the target countries that will ultimately be market-driven and therefore sustainable in the long term. Practices that are successful in starting countries will be replicated and expanded globally where appropriate as the initial goals are achieved. ZNI’s activities include:
seeks to address the critical and linked issue of zinc deficiency in soils, crops and humans with the long-term and sustainable solution of zinc-fortified fertilizers to improve crop yield and nutrition, ultimately improving food security and human health.
In human health, zinc deficiency is the fifth leading cause of death and disease in the developing world—a fact that has gained global attention. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 800,000 people die annually due to zinc deficiency, with 450,000 of these being children under the age of five.Further, studies by World Bank and others have estimated that micronutrient malnutrition can lead to reduction in gross domestic product up to 5% globally.
Coinciding with zinc deficiency in humans, zinc is also deficient in 50% of the world’s agricultural soils and is recognized as the world’s most common micronutrient deficiency in crops. The deficiency in soils leads to reductions in crop yields, crop quality, and nutritional status for zinc. Recent advances in zinc nutrition provide innovative and promising solutions to sustainably help eliminate zinc deficiency.
- Crop and demonstration trials with zinc to highlight and prove the benefits
- National and regional workshops with key stakeholders for awareness building
- Training courses covering all aspects of zinc in agriculture and health with extension workers, company representatives, and farmers
- Development of communication materials including brochures, fact sheets, training manuals, and videos.