Food and Agriculture Statistics

Cropland nutrient budget. Global, regional and country trends, 1961–2020

FAOSTAT released new data on cropland nutrient budgets, allowing to assess the environmental burden of fertilizer inputs in relation to the amounts needed to support sustainable crop production. The cropland nutrient budget give an indication of nutrient use efficiency, as it can help quantify excess nitrogen leading to environmental risks, for instance, GHG emissions or pollution from volatilization and leaching/runoff. It can also signal cropland nutrient deficits that limit crop production. 

The 2022 FAOSTAT update of the cropland nutrient budget is a joint effort of FAO with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) in collaboration with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, CEIGRAM-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Wageningen University & Research, the University of Nebraska and the African Plant Nutrition Institute.


Download the FAOSTAT Analytical Brief

FAO Press release


FAOSTAT data link: 

FAOSTAT cropland nutrient budget domain


International Fertilizer Association (IFA) data link:



Other related FAOSTAT data: 

FAOSTAT Fertilizers by nutrient 

Fertilizers Indicators

Livestock Manure

Emissions Totals



International Fertilizer Association

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

CEIGRAM-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Wageningen University & Research

University of Nebraska

African Plant Nutrition Institute


Other useful links:

FAO’s International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers