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Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference

Improving Access and Increasing Consumption of Fertilizer and Building Meaningful Supply Chain Partnerships in Africa 

The 9th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference took place 26-28 February 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As the number one meeting place for the African fertilizer supply chain, this was an unrivalled networking forum for anyone looking to grow their business across Africa.

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Speakers included: 

    • Lazaro KitanduCEO, Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA)

    • Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General, Productive and Social SectorsEast African Community Secretariat

    • Henry Kargbo, Director of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
    • Yazeed Al-Angary, General Manager Agri-Nutrients, SABIC
    • Jason ScarponeCEO, AFAP
    • Luis Alfredo Perez, SVP – Yara Crop Nutrition Africa, Yara
    • Khaled Al-Rowais, SVP, Ma’aden
    • Robert Meakin, Research and Development Director, Sirius Minerals
    • Frances WollmerPrincipal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus
    • Patrick HefferSenior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
    • Henry Ogola, Managing Director, ChemAgro
    • Dr Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
    • Bowen WilliamsDirector of Business Development, Lori Systems
    • Julia FranklinGlobal Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
    • Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research
    • Dr Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
    • Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms
    • James MutonyiManaging Director, AGMARK
    • Ndubuisi EkekweFounder & Chairman, Zenvus

Quotation marks "We met all major clients and large players at the conference who are relevant for us."- Christian Roeder, Mozambique CEO, Beira Logistics Terminals       

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View the photos from the 2018 conference here.

 

Quotation marks "The Argus Africa Fertilizer conference brings together major industry players to discuss and understand how the African context requires flexibility and investment to build the market and bring high-quality fertilizer to end users. This conference is a great way to build industry connections and strengthen existing relationships." - Julia Franklin, One Acre Fund

Attendees by region

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A sample of who you will meet in Addis Ababa:

OCP Africa, Ma’aden, Sirius, Borealis, Evergro, ETG, Transcom, Yara, Arab Potash Company, Green Has Jordan, SABIC South Africa, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Ameropa, IMGS, Agrocredit Central, Meridian Group Services, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Sustainable Agro Solutions, Kynoch Fertilizer, Innofert, Green Has Italia, Nitron Group, BORAX, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, INDAGRO, Toyota Tsusho Fertilizer Africa, Changsha Green Mountain Chemical Company, Sociedad Industrial Tierra S.A., Bagtech International, K+S Kali, Experse, Sasol, EthioSIS, ATA, Canpotex International (Canada) Limited, Rothamsted Research, doucoure partenaire agro-industries, Zenvus, Intertek Morocco, North Sea Port, Uralkali Trading, Nutricare Fertilisers, Xavisa Group, One Acre Fund – Kenya, Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi, BORAX., SoilCares, Farmers World, Agricultural Resources Limited, URALCHEM, JSC, IFDC, Shanghai Bestwin Petrochemicals Co, Unifert Group SA, AGRA, Omnia Fertilizer, FERTASA, International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) Acron Switzerland, Yargus Manufacturing, Valency International Trading Pte, Sinochem UK, Mekatrade Asia Singapore, Geneva Branch, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, CIA, TFRA, Agronova International Inc, PhosAgro Trading SA, Neufarm Kimya, EuroChem Trading GmbH, International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group, Verbrugge Terneuzen Terminals, Nectar Group, International Raw Materials, CHEMPLEX CORPORATION, ZFC, Neelam Aqua & Speciality Chem, Beira Logistics Terminals, Sackett Waconia, Macrofertil Trading Suisse SA, FERT-MAP PVT, AGMARK, FEPSAN, Chemagro International, Omya, Samsung C & T Corporation, Fertinagro Biotech, INTERAGRO, Lignotech South Africa, Cotenca Trade Services, Liven Agrichem Pte Uralkali,, Nutricare Fertilisers, Keytrade Africa SA, J&J Transport, Paksons Enterprises, K+S KALI, Fertinagro Biotech, Lushbury Fertilizer, Baconco Co., Belarusian Potash Company OJSC, SAFTCO, Satyendra Packaging Private Limited, Neelam Aqua & Speciality Chem, Satyendra Packaging, Fertagrica, Indorama Fertilizers, Agrifert, Malaysia Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), VERTIQAL, Omya International AG, Industrial Commodities Holdings (Pty) ICL Group, Gavilon Fertilizer, Guizhou Kailin International Trading, Farmers Dialogue, Lori Systems, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canpotex, Etimine Sa, AMOFERT, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Omnifert and many more

See the full list of 2017 companies registered here.












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Quotation marks "I learned a lot about new fertilizer products and businesses. I also met many new people that I hope to stay in touch with."  Arthur Mabiso, Policy Analyst, New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support (NAPAS), IFPRI, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Quotation marks"A useful conference - we particularly like the varied ways of interacting including the planned events (cocktails, dinner) and the round table discussions" - 
Mark Wilde, Sales Director  SOP plant Nutrition, Tessenderlo Group


For further information about Argus Fertilizer Africa 2019, please contact us using the details below:

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Conference Agenda 2018

Monday 26 February 2018

09.00

Registration and Exhibition Opens

10.00

Supporting partner meetings and networking throughout the day

 13.30 - 15.30  IFA Africa Forum (By Invitation Only)
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.

16.00

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. Raising NPK trades in Africa – Mounir Halim, Business Development, Fertilizers, Argus
  2. Tackling logistical challenges in the supply chain to improve access to fertilizers - Gopal Chandak, Regional Head - West Africa & Asia, ETG 
  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. Changing trade patterns in nitrogen market and impact on Africa, Ruth Sharpe, Nitrogen Editor, Argus
  6. The application of micronutrients to improve crop performance and potential market growth - Jordi Bru, Director, Global Market Development – Agriculture, Rio Tinto Borates
  7. Improving accessibility and application of Lime & Gypsum to tackle soil acidity for small holder farmers - Izak Le Roux, CEO, Elim Fertilizer
  8. The importance of mapping soil fertility to develop smart policies and improve crop production – Tegbaru Bellete Project Team Leader, EthioSIS
18.00 Opening Cocktail Reception


Tuesday 27 February 2018

08.30
Registration and Coffee
09.00 Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus

 09.10 Conference Welcome Address
  • Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General, Productive and Social Sectors, East African Community Secretariat
09.30  Keynote Presentation

Karim Lotfi Senhadji, CEO, OCP Africa

09.50

Panel: Harnessing Africa’s agricultural potential: the key role of partnerships for agribusinesses 

  • Examining the policy environment and fertilizer sector developments

Moderated by: Khalid Bomba, CEO, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abraha, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Karim Lotfi Senhadji, CEO, OCP Africa

10.40 Morning Coffee Break
11:10 SABIC Agri-Nutrients Africa Strategic Intent
Yazeed Al-Angary, General Manager Agri-Nutrients, SABIC

11.30

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
Khaled Al-Rowais, SVP, 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

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

14.40
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
Moderated by: Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, International Fertilizer Development Center
Bowen Williams, Director of Business Development, Lori Systems
Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
15.20

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

Moderated by: Jason Scarpone, CEO, AFAP

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
Henry Ogola, Managing DirectorChemAgro

 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
19.30 Gala Dinner - Hosted by OCP Africa


Wednesday 28 February 2018

09.00
Registration and Coffee
09.00
Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks
 09:10 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
09.35  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
 10.25 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
10.50  Morning Coffee Break
 11.15  EthioSIS: The No ‘Business as Usual’ Approach in the Ethiopian Soil-Sub Sector to Transform Agriculture
Tegbaru Bellete, Project Team Leader, EthioSIS
11.40  Sustainable Intensification of Maize production in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Implications for Nutrient Management and Fertilizer Requirements

Dr. Kindie Tesfaye Fantaye, Project Leader, CIMMYT-CCAFS

 12.05 

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

*This agenda is subject to change

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For more information about the programme at Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018 conference, please contact Melissa Wong on:

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Opening Cocktail Reception 
Opening Cocktail Reception 




Speakers in 2018 Include:

  • Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General, Productive and Social Sectors, East African Community Secretariat

  • Henry Kargbo, Director of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
  • Yazeed Al-Angary, General Manager Agri-Nutrients, SABIC
    Jason Scarpone
    , CEO, AFAP
  • Luis Alfredo Perez, SVP – Yara Crop Nutrition Africa, Yara
  • Khaled Al-Rowais, SVP, Ma’aden
  • Robert Meakin, Research and Development Director, Sirius Minerals
  • Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus
  • Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
  • Henry Ogola, Managing Director, ChemAgro
  • Dr Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
  • Bowen Williams, Director of Business Development, Lori Systems
  • Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
  • Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr 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
  • Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder & Chairman, Zenvus
  • Job Kihara, Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • Martin K. van Ittesum, Professor, Wageningen University
  • Kindie Tesfaye, Researcher, CIMMYT
  • Dawit Solomon, Regional Program Leader, CCAFS East Africa Office
  • Pieter Haumann, CEO, FERTASA
  • Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama
  • Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Gideon Negedu, Executive Director, FEPSAN
  • Augustine Langyintuo, Senior Operations Officer - Agribusiness, International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group 

For more information on the programme at Argus Africa Fertilizer 2019 conference, please contact Melissa Wong on:

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Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms

Daniel Gad is an entrepreneur and commercial farmer from Ethiopia. Previously, he worked for a major corporation (AT&T) in the telecommunications industry in the United States where his last assignment was as Vice President and Client Partner in the company. In 2003 Mr. Gad decided to leave his post at AT&T and return home to Ethiopia. Since his return he has developed (and sold) a 28 hectare premium rose farm (MetroLux Flowers), playing a pivotal role in the success story of the Ethiopian floriculture industry, which over five years created 300,000 jobs. He now owns, manages and operates a high-value vegetable production farm (Omega Farms) exporting pre-packed vegetables to UK and EU supermarkets, playing a leading role in a nascent effort to replicate Ethiopia’s floriculture success in horticulture, with its potential for even larger impac
Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms

Daniel Gad is an entrepreneur and commercial farmer from Ethiopia. Previously, he worked for a major corporation (AT&T) in the telecommunications industry in the United States where his last assignment was as Vice President and Client Partner in the company. In 2003 Mr. Gad decided to leave his post at AT&T and return home to Ethiopia. Since his return he has developed (and sold) a 28 hectare premium rose farm (MetroLux Flowers), playing a pivotal role in the success story of the Ethiopian floriculture industry, which over five years created 300,000 jobs. He now owns, manages and operates a high-value vegetable production farm (Omega Farms) exporting pre-packed vegetables to UK and EU supermarkets, playing a leading role in a nascent effort to replicate Ethiopia’s floriculture success in horticulture, with its potential for even larger impac

Kalim Shah,
 Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Kalim M. Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment entity of the World Bank Group.  He is responsible for the IFC’s investments in downstream oil and gas projects for sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis with an emphasis on the downstream, manufacturing, financial and agribusiness sectors. Kalim has been with the IFC for 17 years. He has country experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US.  Kalim holds an MBA and a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Kalim Shah,
 Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Kalim M. Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment entity of the World Bank Group.  He is responsible for the IFC’s investments in downstream oil and gas projects for sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis with an emphasis on the downstream, manufacturing, financial and agribusiness sectors. Kalim has been with the IFC for 17 years. He has country experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US.  Kalim holds an MBA and a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Kalim Shah,
 Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Kalim M. Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment entity of the World Bank Group.  He is responsible for the IFC’s investments in downstream oil and gas projects for sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis with an emphasis on the downstream, manufacturing, financial and agribusiness sectors. Kalim has been with the IFC for 17 years. He has country experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US.  Kalim holds an MBA and a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.


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Principal Sponsor

OCP Africa

Diamond Sponsor

Sabic

Platinum Sponsor

Ma'aden

Gold Sponsor

Sirius Minerals

Lunch Sponsor

Transcom

Silver Sponsor

Borealis

LAT Borealis

Evergrow

Bronze Sponsor

ETG

Associate Sponsor

Supporting Partners

IFA

IFDC

AfricaFertilizer.org

FertASA

Amofert

One Acre Fund

Harvest SA

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