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Cornhusker Economics (February 27, 2013)
Low commercial fertilizer use by smallholder farmers in developing regions of the world commonly limits productivity. Many of these farmers do not have the financial capacity to purchase enough fertilizer to maximize net returns on their limited investment per hectare. High fertilizer costs and low commodity prices often reduce profit potential, and competing needs for money often take priority. Such farmers need high net returns on their investments to justify the application of fertilizers.