Global fertilizer consumption 1965-2020, by nutrient
In 1965, the consumption of nitrogen fertilizers stood at some 46.3 million metric tons. By 2020, this amount had increased to over 200 million tons. In that latter year, nitrogen fertilizers accounted for around 56 percent of the total global consumption, whereas phosphate and potash fertilizers held shares of 24 and 20 percent, respectively. Mineral fertilizers are widely used in agriculture to improve soil fertility and achieve higher crop yields. They typically contain one or more of the three main essential nutrients needed for plant growth: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.