Agriculture > Fertilizer use: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Average fertilizer use (kg per ha of cropland 2000). Fertilizer use, kilograms per hectare, is calculated by WRI by dividing the total fertilizer consumption, measured in kilograms of plant nutrient, by the total hectares of arable and permanent cropland. The measure of fertilizer consumption is an aggregate of nitrogenous, phosphate and potash fertilizers. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) collects data on fertilizer use through surveys distributed to participating governments. In addition, the Ad Hoc Working Party on Fertilizer Statistics works to improve geographic coverage of the data. Hectares of arable and permanent cropland are determined through a variety of means, including self-reporting from governments and FAO estimation methods.


1 Ireland 594.5 kg 2000
2 Netherlands 450.2 kg 2000
3 Egypt 385.8 kg 2000
4 Costa Rica 385 kg 2000
5 Slovenia 369.4 kg 2000
6 Japan 301 kg 2000
7 United Kingdom 285.8 kg 2000
8 Vietnam 285.3 kg 2000
9 Israel 256 kg 2000
10 China 255.6 kg 2000
11 New Zealand 255.5 kg 2000
12 Switzerland 233.4 kg 2000
13 Germany 228.2 kg 2000
14 Norway 222 kg 2000
15 Chile 212.9 kg 2000
16 France 211.7 kg 2000
17 Lebanon 199.6 kg 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 191.96 kg 2000
High income OECD countries average (profile) 190.6 kg 2000
18 Malaysia 187.8 kg 2000
19 North Korea 175.5 kg 2000
Non-religious countries average (profile) 169.04 kg 2000
European Union average (profile) 160.38 kg 2000
20 Denmark 159.9 kg 2000
21 Italy 159.4 kg 2000
22 Bangladesh 156.3 kg 2000
23 Austria 151.7 kg 2000
24 Uzbekistan 149.9 kg 2000
25 Colombia 144.8 kg 2000
26 United Arab Emirates 142.1 kg 2000
27 Finland 140.6 kg 2000
28 Croatia 139.8 kg 2000
29 Pakistan 135.1 kg 2000
NATO countries average (profile) 134.44 kg 2000
30 Sri Lanka 128.9 kg 2000
31 Belarus 128.7 kg 2000
32 Honduras 126.5 kg 2000
33 Greece 118.7 kg 2000
34 Spain 118 kg 2000
35 Brazil 114 kg 2000
36 Guatemala 111.1 kg 2000
37 Poland 106 kg 2000
38 Saudi Arabia 104.6 kg 2000
39 Sweden 103.5 kg 2000
40 United States 103.4 kg 2000
41 El Salvador 103 kg 2000
42 India 98.6 kg 2000
43 Hungary 98.2 kg 2000
South Asia average (profile) 97.65 kg 2000
44 Uruguay 94.9 kg 2000
45 Czech Republic 90.4 kg 2000
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 90.15 kg 2000
46 Suriname 86.6 kg 2000
47 Thailand 86.1 kg 2000
Emerging markets average (profile) 85.63 kg 2000
48 Portugal 84.3 kg 2000
49 Jamaica 81.8 kg 2000
50 Turkey 78.3 kg 2000
51 Republic of Macedonia 76.3 kg 2000
52 Venezuela 74.1 kg 2000
53 Indonesia 73.8 kg 2000
54 Philippines 73.1 kg 2000
South and Central Asia average (profile) 71.78 kg 2000
Religious countries average (profile) 70.89 kg 2000
55 Belize 69 kg 2000
56 Mexico 67.1 kg 2000
57 Iraq 67 kg 2000
58 Oman 66.6 kg 2000
=59 Bosnia and Herzegovina 64.3 kg 2000
=59 Slovakia 64.3 kg 2000
61 Kuwait 62.9 kg 2000
62 Turkmenistan 62.2 kg 2000
63 Peru 57.9 kg 2000
OPEC countries average (profile) 55 kg 2000
64 Ecuador 54.8 kg 2000
65 Dominican Republic 54.3 kg 2000
66 Canada 54.2 kg 2000
67 Lithuania 53.5 kg 2000
68 Panama 51.2 kg 2000
69 Jordan 49.4 kg 2000
70 Zimbabwe 49.3 kg 2000
71 Trinidad and Tobago 48.4 kg 2000
72 South Africa 48.2 kg 2000
73 Australia 45.5 kg 2000
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 39.64 kg 2000
74 Georgia 37.7 kg 2000
75 Morocco 37.2 kg 2000
76 Romania 37 kg 2000
77 Bulgaria 31.4 kg 2000
78 Kenya 31.3 kg 2000
=79 Argentina 30.3 kg 2000
=79 Cuba 30.3 kg 2000
81 Paraguay 27.4 kg 2000
82 Latvia 27 kg 2000
83 Libya 26.5 kg 2000
84 Fiji 26.3 kg 2000
=85 Estonia 25.6 kg 2000
=85 Nepal 25.6 kg 2000
87 Guyana 25.4 kg 2000
88 Democratic Republic of the Congo 22.7 kg 2000
failed states average (profile) 22.33 kg 2000
89 Tunisia 22.2 kg 2000
90 Eritrea 21.8 kg 2000
91 Kyrgyzstan 20.2 kg 2000
92 Burma 20 kg 2000
93 Senegal 18.9 kg 2000
94 Lesotho 16.9 kg 2000
=95 Benin 15.9 kg 2000
=95 Haiti 15.9 kg 2000
97 Ethiopia 14.7 kg 2000
98 Malawi 14.6 kg 2000
99 Papua New Guinea 13.7 kg 2000
100 Albania 13.3 kg 2000
101 Ukraine 13.1 kg 2000
102 Armenia 12.5 kg 2000
103 Botswana 12.3 kg 2000
=104 Yemen 11.3 kg 2000
=104 Algeria 11.3 kg 2000
106 Russia 11.2 kg 2000
107 Mali 11.1 kg 2000
108 Nicaragua 10.7 kg 2000
109 Tajikistan 10.5 kg 2000
110 Cote d'Ivoire 9.9 kg 2000
111 Laos 9.1 kg 2000
112 Burkina Faso 8.8 kg 2000
113 Togo 7.5 kg 2000
114 Guinea-Bissau 6.9 kg 2000
115 Nigeria 6.1 kg 2000
116 Zambia 5.7 kg 2000
117 Chad 4.9 kg 2000
118 Mozambique 3.5 kg 2000
=119 The Gambia 3.4 kg 2000
=119 Bolivia 3.4 kg 2000
121 Mongolia 2.9 kg 2000
122 Burundi 2.8 kg 2000
123 Madagascar 2.6 kg 2000
124 Sudan 2.3 kg 2000
125 Guinea 2.2 kg 2000
126 Ghana 2 kg 2000
127 Kazakhstan 1.7 kg 2000
128 Azerbaijan 1.1 kg 2000
129 Niger 1 kg 2000
130 Uganda 0.7 kg 2000
=131 Afghanistan 0.6 kg 2000
=131 Gabon 0.6 kg 2000
133 Somalia 0.5 kg 2000
=134 Angola 0.4 kg 2000
=134 Namibia 0.4 kg 2000
=136 Central African Republic 0.3 kg 2000
=136 Rwanda 0.3 kg 2000
=136 Sierra Leone 0.3 kg 2000


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Interesting observations about Agriculture > Fertilizer use

  • China ranked first for fertilizer use amongst Emerging markets in 2000.
  • Egypt ranked first for fertilizer use amongst Muslim countries in 2000.
  • Ireland ranked first for fertilizer use amongst Christian countries in 2000.
  • Netherlands ranked first for fertilizer use amongst NATO countries in 2000.
  • Switzerland ranked first for fertilizer use amongst Landlocked countries in 2000.
  • Pakistan ranked first for fertilizer use amongst Failed states in 2000.
  • United States ranked second last for fertilizer use amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2000.
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  • Zimbabwe ranked first for fertilizer use amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2000.
  • Israel ranked second for fertilizer use amongst Former British colonies in 2000.
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