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Risks and Opportunities in the Global Phosphate Rock Market. Robust Strategies in Times of Uncertainty

21 December 2012

This is an update from the report Risks and Opportunities in the Global Phosphate Rock Market. Please see figure 8 for updated data on the main sources of EU imports of phosphate rock.

The European Union (EU) is almost entirely dependent on imports of phosphate rock from the rest of the world. Trends and developments on the global phosphate rock market are putting the EU’s security of supply of phosphate rock under increasing pressure.

This report aims to increase awareness that import reliance makes Europe vulnerable to disruptions in the supply of this important commodity. It means that European food security and the agricultural sector, for which phosphate is an essential resource, are at risk. This report formulates robust strategies for the EU to adequately deal with developments on the global phosphate rock market.

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Joshua Polchar

Joshua Polchar is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He specializes in diversity and inclusion, governance, and resources. He created the LGBT Military Index, and is developing a strategic vision for inclusion in armed forces.

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Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.

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Sijbren de Jong

Sijbren de Jong is Strategic Analyst at HCSS and Lecturer Geo-Economics at Leiden University, Campus The Hague. His expertise includes energy security and Europe’s relations with Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

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