IFFCO’s Joint Managing Director,Rakesh Kapur has been elected as the Chairman of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA). Paris based IFA is the global fertilizer association having about 500 members worldwide representing 68 countries including 24 Members from India.He was elected at the recent IFA’s Annual Conference held from May 22nd - 24th in Marrakech, Morocco attended by 1400 participants.Kapur is the third Indian to hold this prestigious position in IFA’s 90 years’ history. He is also the Chairman of the Fertilizer Association of India (FAI). IFFCO(Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited), which is in its glorious 50thGolden Jubilee, is the world’s largest fertilizer and marketing cooperative represents 50 million farmers across the country.
IFA has been actively involved in propagating sustainable agriculture, fertilizer use efficiency, enhancing farm productivity apart from its active participation in the implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as ‘Zero Hunger’ and other environmental issues. It also has a wide level of engagement with International Initiatives and entities such as UNEP, FAO, OECD, IFAD, World Bank, WTO and WCO for emphasizing the need for effective and efficient fertilizer application.
Speaking on the selection, RakeshKapur said that his dual role would be to strengthen collaboration between FAI and IFA in encouraging innovative products and adoption of fertilizer best management practices, strengthening outreach to farmers for rapid dissemination of agri technologies and raising awareness globally among decision makers about the crucial role that soil health plays in food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
RakeshKapur is a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Kapur joined as CFO of IFFCO in 2005 before that he served a senior position in Income Tax Department and several Public Sector Undertakings. A Post Graduate in Management, Kapur is on the Board of several companies including various IFFCO's subsidiaries like IFFCO Kisan Special Economic Zone (IKSEZ), Nellore and IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL).