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Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018

Conference Agenda*

Monday 26 February 2018


Registration and Exhibition Opens


Supporting partner meetings and networking throughout the day

15.00 Speed-Networking  

Make up to 30 new connections in an hour during this high impact session! Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared for 2 minute conversations before the bell rings and you meet someone new.


Roundtable Discussions

Hear and share experiences on key issues in the Africa fertilizer supply chain with fellow delegates in a relaxed, interactive setting. This is a perfect opportunity to make new contacts and discuss mutual business interests.

  1. Tackling logistical challenges in the supply chain to improve access to fertilizers - Gopal Chandak, Regional Head - West Africa & Asia, ETG 
  2. The growth potential for the specialty fertilizer market in Africa
  3. The role of subsidies in different countries and their role in improving fertilizer availability - Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
  4. West Africa markets – Local production and supply chain developments - Rob Groot, Director North & West Africa, IFDC 
  5. Collaborative strategies to improve smallholder farmer access to credit, resources and training
  6. Phosphates markets – supply and demand dynamics and new capacity
  7. How can new technologies offer solutions across the fertilizer supply chain?
  8. How intra-regional trade can be improved with the development of trade corridors and regional clusters
  9. The application of micronutrients to improve crop performance and potential market growth - Jordi Bru, Director, Global Market Development – Agriculture, Rio Tinto Borates
  10. Specific soil and crop nutrient requirements and how blended products can meet their needs
18.00 Opening Cocktail Reception

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Registration and Coffee
09.30 Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus


The Role of Fertilizers in Boosting Agricultural Productivity In Africa

  • Transforming agriculture in Africa to become a driver of job creation, economic growth and food security
  • How fertilizers can contribute to sustainably boosting  agricultural productivity
  • Examining the policy environment and fertilizer sector development
10.00  The Importance of Partnerships and Collaboration to Develop Africa’s Agri-Business Value Chains
  • Achieving agricultural and economic goals in the face of declining soil fertility rapidly rising population
  • Innovative financing to increase regional fertilizer manufacturing, distribution and trade
  • Adopting collaborative strategies to tackle logistical and policy issues
 10.40 EthioSIS: The No ‘Business as Usual’ Approach in the Ethiopian Soil-Sub Sector to Transform Agriculture

Tegbaru Bellete, Project Team Leader, EthioSIS
11.00 Morning Coffee Break

An Update on N,P and K capacity developments in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Natural resources in SSA
  • Global developments and regional impact
  • Supply dynamics and new capacity
  • Summary project status

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus

 11.55  Ma’aden and Africa, the Natural Fit

Senior representative, Ma’aden 
12:15 Sub-Saharan Africa Fertilizer Short- and Medium-Term Outlook
  • Economic and agronomic factors affecting fertilizer consumption across Africa
  • Examining fertilizer application rates and agricultural outputs
  • Assessing the expansion of fertilizer production in Africa and impact on supply dynamics

Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA

12.40  The Yara Farmer Centric Strategy in Africa

Luis Alfredo Perez, SVP – Yara Crop Nutrition Africa, Yara
 13.00 Lunch 
14.00   Panel Discussion -  Creating an Enabling Policy Environment to Boost Access to and Affordability  of Fertilizers
  • Examining fertilizer regulatory frameworks and policies
  • How can subsidy programmes be effectively implemented to improve access to affordable fertilizers
  • How can government interventions support the private sector and encourage competitive fertilizer markets
  • Empowering the private sector to be key players in the fertilizer market

Moderated byCésar Chaparro Yedro, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank
Lazaro Kitandu, CEO, Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA)
Henry Kargbo, Director of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
Gideon Negedu, Executive Director, FEPSAN
Joseph Rusike, Senior Program Officer for Country Support, Policy and Delivery, AGRA

Panel Discussion – Improving Fertilizer Distribution with Infrastructure Investment and Innovative Approaches to Logistics

  • Developments in port facilities and services to handle import capacity
  • Enhancing road infrastructure and trucking logistics to ensure on time  delivery
  • Overcoming challenges at the stage of “last mile” fertilizer delivery
Bowen Williams, Director of Business Development, Lori Systems
Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund


A Data-Driven Approach to  Influencing Investment and Policy Decisions in Soil Health and Fertilizer Use

Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research

 15.40  Afternoon Break
 16.10  Panel Discussion - Farmer Focus: Improving Access to Credit,  Agronomic Best Practices and Quality Fertilizers
  • Addressing the finance gap facing smallholder farmers
  • Strategies to accelerate access to credit to access fertilizers
  • Effective communications with farmers about fertilizer use
  • Role of the agro-dealer in disseminating knowledge on the most effective use
  • of fertilizers to maximise its benefits

Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms
James Mutonyi, Managing Director, AGMARK

 16.50  Panel Discussion - Enhancing Intra-Regional Trade with the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Clusters
  • The benefits of promoting regional fertilizer production and integration for fertilizer trade
  • Lowering the costs of transportation
  • Harmonizing standards to encourage trade
  • Improving efficiency across custom borders to prevent delays in shipment and delivery

Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama
Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Augustine Langyintuo, Senior Operations Officer - Agribusiness, International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group

17.30 Closing Remarks
19.00 Gala Dinner

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Registration and Coffee
Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks
 09:20 How Digital Technology is Changing Farming in Africa
  • Leveraging modern technology to improve the use of fertilizers
  • Measuring and analysing soil data to help farmers apply the right fertilizer 
  • Tools to improve connectivity and financial solutions
Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder & Chairman, Zenvus
09.40  Sustainable Fertilizer Use in Changing Environmental Conditions

Dr Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
10.00  POLY4, A  Fertilizer Suitable for 21st century African Agriculture

    • The benefits of POLY4 as a cost-effective, multi-nutrient, low chloride fertilizer
    • Addressing the challenges in African agriculture due to soil nutrient depletion and inadequate use of fertilizers
    • Examining trial evidence and changing the perception of fertilizer input
    • Meeting growing food demand through use of the right fertilizer plan in Africa
Robert Meakin, Research and Development Director, Sirius Minerals
 10.20 Application of Micronutrients in Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Addressing micronutrient deficiencies in the soil and requirements of major crops 
  • The use of micronutrients to enhance nutrient use efficiency
  • Improving understanding of the agronomic benefits of incorporating micronutrients to improve crop yields
Job Kihara, Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
 10.40  Morning Coffee Break
11.20  Sustainable Intensification of Maize production in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Implications for Nutrient Management and Fertilizer Requirements
Martin K. van Ittesum, Professor, Wageningen University

Lime; a critical ingredient in African agriculture

  • Situation; soil pHs and liming requirements in Southern and East Africa
  • The market; supply and demand for lime in the region
  • Solutions; conventional lime and micronized alternatives  
Alvin Otieno, Agronomist East Africa, Omya International

Assessing the Market for Specialty Fertilizers in Southern Africa

  • Specific regional and crop demands
  • Assessing the affordability and availability of enhanced efficiency fertilizers

Pieter Haumann, CEO, FERTASA

12.40  Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
12.50 Lunch and End of Conference

*This agenda is subject to change

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OCP Africa

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Sirius Minerals

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