Potássio do Brasil presents the Autazes Potash Project as an efficient and sustainable response to enhance food security in the country and globally.
A mineral of strategic importance for both Brazil and the world, particularly concerning food security and eradicating hunger on the planet. This was the presentation of potash fertilizer to an audience at the Expo & Brpotazilian Mining Congress (Exposibram 2023) and the International Amazon and New Economies Conference, both held in Belém (PA) from August 28th to September 1st. The task of presenting the Autazes Potash Project at these two events fell upon the President of Potássio do Brasil, Adriano Espeschit, who shed light on the strategic significance of potash for Brazilian agribusiness, which already accounts for nearly 10% of the world’s food production.
The company’s agenda began at the Expo & Brazilian Mining Congress (Exposibram 2023) with the setup of an informative and educational booth. This booth provided visitors with a comprehensive understanding of the potash fertilizer production project that will soon take place in Autazes (AM). Subsequently, the company participated in the second edition of the Canadian Breakfast Meeting, introducing the Autazes Potash Project to product and service suppliers in the mining sector.
However, the highlight of the participation of Potássio do Brasil at Exposibram 2023 was President Adriano Espeschit’s presentation in the panel titled “Public Policies for Strategic Minerals in Brazil.” Here, he emphasized the pivotal role of the Autazes Potash Project for both Brazil and the world in terms of food security.
During the panel, the President of Potássio do Brasil presented key figures about the Autazes Potash Project and its foundation in ESG principles (Environment, Social, and Governance). “Potássio do Brasil can contribute up to 20% of potassium chloride supply to Brazilian agribusiness. Consumption that, in agribusiness, we are totally dependent on because we import 98%”, Espeschit pointed out.
CARBON FOOTPRINT AND ZERO HUNGER
At the International Amazon and New Economies Conference, which ran from August 30th to September 1st, representatives from Potássio do Brasil were present as listeners in discussions about new economies, bioeconomy, circular economy, strategic minerals, carbon markets, solidarity economy, ESG practices, and combating environmental crimes. They joined over 130 companies and institutions in the mineral sector who committed to developing practices that conserve the Amazon.
According to the mining company’s President, Adriano Espeschit, the company’s participation and sponsorship of the event signify a commitment to discussions and actions aimed at developing the Amazon in all its aspects and strengthening food security for both Brazil and the world, without causing harm to people or the environment. “Our project is entirely sustainable. We will produce green potash with 80% less carbon footprint compared to projects in Canada and Russia, thanks to our Brazilian energy matrix, which is 84% renewable,” said Adriano.
Espeschit also emphasized Potássio do Brasil’s commitment to sustainability, development, current demands of agribusiness, and hunger eradication. “By producing potash fertilizer, we are firmly committed to contributing to achieving the UN’s second Sustainable Development Goal, Zero Hunger,” affirmed the President.
Global figures such as South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair, and former President of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez were some of the highlights of the conference. They all aligned their speeches with the need to reduce poverty through sustainable development and combating illegality. “In the 21st century, we have 575 million people suffering from extreme poverty. This is shameful. People are dying primarily due to lack of food. To have good health and participate in the global economy, we all need good food,” emphasized Ban Ki-moon.
Former President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, invited everyone to reflect on new economies for the Amazon, stating that certain sectors of the economy must not be removed from the development agenda, and that it is necessary to work alongside traditionally Amazon-related activities. “We cannot eliminate mining and other legal activities, industries, and fossil fuels. We must combat illegality. The expansion of illegal mining, illegal livestock, and cocaine must be addressed, but without excluding legal activities,” he highlighted.
The Expo & Brazilian Mining Congress (Exposibram 2023) is considered one of the most relevant mining events in Latin America. It is held annually by the Brazilian Mining Institute (Ibram). The event brings together the participation of major entities related to the mineral sector and serves as the premier platform for generating business and discussing key scenarios and trends in the mineral industry.
About the Conference
The International Amazon and New Economies Conference, also organized by Ibram, gathers representatives from indigenous communities, civil society, academia, and public and private sectors to address environmental, economic, and sustainable development issues. The conference seeks to advance and strengthen solutions that reconcile economic development, reducing inequalities, and conserving forests and socio-biodiversity.
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