Uralchem-Uralkali Group donated 20,000 tonnes of NPK (nitrogen / phosphorus / potassium) fertiliser to Malawi. The official handover ceremony was held on 6 March 2023 near the capital Lilongwe and was attended by the Malawi Minister of Agriculture Sam Dalitso Kawale (MP), the Russian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Malawi Nikolai Krasilnikov, and representatives of Uralchem-Uralkali and the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP).
The delivery to the landlocked country in Southeast Africa was done in close cooperation with the WFP, which chartered a vessel to transport the fertiliser from the Netherlands to Mozambique, from where it was brought to Malawi by land.
The shipment is the Group’s first humanitarian consignment from the European Union to Africa. It’s also a part of Uralchem-Uralkali’s commitment to donating approximately 300,000 tonnes of mineral fertilisers to developing countries. The contribution is aimed at addressing the global food crisis and supports efforts to meet UN Sustainable Development Goal #2 — “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.
Dmitry Konyaev, Uralchem CEO:
Fertiliser is the first step to food security and we believe that unhindered access to food is a human right. Today’s unprecedented hunger crisis in many parts of the world can only be alleviated by urgent and collective action on all levels. As one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of fertilisers, we understand our special role and responsibility in securing food supply to those who need it most.
The delivery to Malawi would not have been possible without cooperation and help from the UN and the WFP, the governments of the Netherlands, Mozambique and Malawi, as well as from many other parties involved in this process. We look forward to seeing the fruits of our joint effort in Malawian fields and homes.