08 February - 10 February 2023
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Argus Fertilizer Africa Conference

Agenda

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Day 1: Food security, sustainable agriculture and fertilizer use in Africa

Start End
  • 08:00
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  • Registration opening and welcome coffee

Welcome and keynotes

Start End
  • 09:50
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  • 10:00
  • Conference welcome and chairperson’s opening remarks Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • The importance of the agricultural sector to Kenya’s economy: how is this sector growing and what are future aspirations?
  • How is the government supporting the fertilizer market through the current crisis? What lessons were learnt from covid 19?
  • How are smart applications of fertilizers being incentivised in line with mitigating impacts of changing weather patterns?
  • 10:30
  • -
  • 11:15
  • Keynote Industry Panel: How to facilitate availability and affordability of fertilizers in Africa? Speakers include - ETG, IRM & AFAP, Global Alliance Evergrow-CFC, AFAP and OCP Africa
  • Emerging from covid 19 and the war in Ukraine: what does the current European crisis mean for the African fertilizer market?
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities presented region by region in Africa for industry players?
  • How is industry working with governments and NGOs to mitigate the impact of global high fertilizer prices with a view to safe guarding food security and agricultural production in Africa?

Moderator: Tim Cheyne, SVP Fertilizers, Argus

Speakers:

Ashish Lakhotia, CEO – Fertilizers and Agri Inputs, ETG

Jason Scarpone, Chief Sustainability Office & Executive Board Member, IRM & AFAP

Dr. Ashraf Talaat, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Global Alliance Evergrow-CFC

Habiba Mouttaki, VP Strategy, Sales and Marketing, OCP Africa

Michael Sudarkasa, CEO, AFAP

 

Break

Start End
  • 11:15
  • -
  • 11:45
  • Morning coffee and networking break

Argus and industry views on global markets and implications for African fertilizers

Start End
  • 11:45
  • -
  • 12:25
  • Argus market forecast and what this means for the African fertilizer market Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus
  • How are global commodity and energy markets reacting to current global conditions?
  • Market conditions in agricultural markets and what are the implications for Africa? And specifically on fertilizer markets?
  • What are the main market trends in raw materials and how are they feeding into global fertilizer prices? How are natural gas prices impacting nitrogen and NPK prices?

  • 12:25
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  • 12:45
  • Interview: Fertilizer focus: navigating a volatile and high price market globally, what has been seen in African markets? Uwadiae Osadiaye - Senior Vice President, Equities, FBNQuest Merchant Bank
  • How is the global fertilizer market faring after multiple supply side shocks? What pricing trends are being seen across N, P and K?
  • How has fertilizer production and consumption patterns changed in Africa region by region?

Interviewer: Tim Cheyne, SVP Fertilizers, Argus

Speaker:

Uwadiae Osadiaye, Senior Vice President, Equities, FBNQuest Merchant Bank

  • 12:45
  • -
  • 13:30
  • NPKs in Focus: the key product for the African fertilizer market Speakers include - One Acre Fund, IFDC
  • NPKs: What has the non-availability of products and dependence on international markets meant for NPK prices for Africa?
  • What have been the implications for importers and traders in different regions? What logistical challenges have been faced, including high freight prices?
  • How have blenders and manufacturers adapted their production and how have distributors changed their behaviour? 

Moderator: Matthew Lisley, Manager- Consulting, Argus

Speakers:

Andre Gayraud, Director – Global Fertilizer & Input Logistics, One Acre Fund

Sebastian Nduva, AfricaFertilizer.Org Program Lead, IFDC Kenya

Lunch break

Start End
  • 13:30
  • -
  • 15:30
  • Lunch break

Financing mechanisms: improving affordability of fertilizers and creating a sustainable market

Start End
  • 15:25
  • -
  • 15:30
  • Chairpersons' opening remarks Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus
  • 15:30
  • -
  • 15:50
  • Unlocking trade in Africa: Africa Trade Exchange (ATEX) Ketiwe Banda Lwando - Manager, Structure Trade and Commodity Finance, Africa Export-Import Bank
  • 15:50
  • -
  • 16:45
  • High prices and trade financing – mechanisms for mitigating the impact of high fertilizer prices and supporting the customer Speakers include - AGRA, AFAP, Africa Export-Import Bank
  • What products are available for improving access to fertilizer sector financing? How can financing be accessed?
  • How to incentivise lending into the fertilizer sector? What are the main barriers to access for trade financing for regional players? How can this be improved?
  • How are private public partnerships working? What has worked and what hasn’t? Key examples country by country 

Moderator: Tim Cheyne, SVP Fertilizers, Argus

Speakers include:

Hedwig Siewertsen, Head of Inclusive Finance, AGRA

Michael Sudarkasa, CEO, AFAP

Fredrick Seidu, Senior Specialist, Intra-African Trade Initiative, Africa Export-Import Bank

  • 16:45
  • -
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of day 1 conference Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus

Drinks reception

Start End
  • 17:00
  • -
  • Drinks reception sponsored by IK Group
Relax into the evening and build those critical business relationships with industry peers, contacts old and new.

Day 2: Unlocking availability and access to fertilizers

Start End
  • 08:30
  • -
  • Registration open

Transport, logistics and infrastructure

Start End
  • 09:30
  • -
  • 09:35
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus
  • 09:35
  • -
  • 10:00
  • Snapshot: Trading and logistics from CIS to Africa Kamal Huseynov - CEO, Founder, IK Group
  • Introduction to IK Group
  • Case study: Northern Africa activties and operations
  • 10:00
  • -
  • 11:00
  • Building efficient transport and logistics networks: How can this unlock the availability of fertilizers and sustainability of the market? Speakers include - Mitchell Cotts Group, Yara East Africa, Fert-Agro, IFDC
  • Addressing issues of source, supply chain from ports: how to improve distribution from ports inland? What are the main bottlenecks?
  • What partnerships exist along the value chain and what role will they play in unlocking access to fertilizers?
  • What are some of the key initiatives from industry and government to improve transport and logistics to sustain markets long-term?
  • Visibility on increase of prices for landlocked vs coastal countries: How high are fuel prices and can the impact of this be minimised? How is this impacting distribution of fertilizers?

Moderator: Morgan Ahendra, Global Logistics and Fertilizer Procurement Associate, One Acre Fund

Speakers: 

Daniel Tanui, Managing Director, Mitchell Cotts Group 

David Kyalo, Supply Chain Manager, Yara East Africa

Gopal Chandak, Chief Executive Officer, Fert-Agro

Patrice Annequin, Senior Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
  • 11:00
  • -
  • 11:30
  • Case studies: Infrastructure and port development updates Mari Pennanen - Chief Business Development Officer, African Ports and Corridors Holdings
  • How to manage risk on projects?
  • How to reduce cost and increase volume of commercial financing and capital investment?

Break

Start End
  • 11:45
  • -
  • 12:30
  • Morning coffee and networking break

Phosphate focus

Start End
  • 12:30
  • -
  • 13:00
  • Phosphate rock projects: land of opportunity? Speakers include: Anup Modha, Executive Director - Executive Director, Minjingu Mines & Fertiliser

Phosphate rock projects: land of opportunity?

Short Presentation & Introduction

  • Argus view: resources and reserves picture in Africa

    Speaker:

    Matthew Lisley, Manager – Consulting, Argus

Panel discussion

  • What new projects are emerging? When are they likely to come online?
  • What are the main challenges and hurdles being faced by project developers?
  • What further support is needed to get these projects off the ground? What role could key buyers play?

Moderator: Matthew Lisley, Manager – Consulting, Argus

Speakers:

Anup Modha, Executive Director, Minjingu Mines & Fertiliser 

  • 13:00
  • -
  • 13:30
  • Winning in effective P fertilizer use - a Kenya case study with KALRO Tshepo Chriswell Maeko - Principal Specialist, Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MA'ADEN)

Lunch break

Start End
  • 13:30
  • -
  • 15:30
  • Lunch break

Sustainable future of agriculture and fertilizer use - Innovation stage

Start End
  • -
  • Chairperson’s welcome and opening speaker Michael Sudarkasa - CEO, AFAP
  • 15:30
  • -
  • 15:50
  • What is needed from technology for sustainable future of farming in Africa? Agnes Nyambura - Head of Procurement, Apollo Agriculture
  • How can end-to-end systems help improve market access to smallholder farmers through optimisation of cost of input?
  • What did we learn from the covid 19 pandemic and how has this changed the market?
  • How can technology be used for smarter fertilizer application through real-time soil mapping and waste reduction?  
  • 15:50
  • -
  • 16:10
  • Soil health and sustainability: What is it and why does this matter? Lilian Wanjiru - Senior Agronomist East Africa, ICL Fertilizers
  • Connecting the dots: the fertilizer industry’s role in educating the market on sustainable fertilizer application and nutrient management?
  • How can soil mapping lead to meaningful sustainability for agriculture? Case studies 
  • 16:10
  • -
  • 16:30
  • Micronutrients for Africa Speakers include: Dr. John Wendt - Deputy Director, Field Research, IFDC
  • Zinc, sulphur, boron: Why are micronutrients important? What impact can they have on yield?
  • What micronutrients are being used where according to crop type?
  • How is adoption facilitated by soil mapping? How do they contribute to sustaining soil health?

Country case studies:

  • Rwanda Dr. John Wendt, Deputy Director, Field Research, IFDC

 

 

 

  • 16:30
  • -
  • 16:55
  • Specialty products: To what extent and how are fertilizers being customised in the African continent? Speakers include - Gatsby Africa, Nutrisource, Innovar Ag and ICL Fertilizers
  • How are specific countries using specialty products? Why are they beneficial?
  • What products are being adopted? What crop types are they being used for?
  • How can specialty products be used to mitigate changing weather patterns and water scarcity concerns? How can they help maintain soil health and longevity of agricultural sector?

Moderator: Michael Kamau, Deputy Director – Agricultural Inputs, Gatsby Africa

Speakers:

Murari M Rakshit, Founder & CEO, Nutrisource Pte Ltd

Luciano Lucero, VP Technical Sales, Innovar Ag

Lilian Wanjiru, Senior Agronomist East Africa, ICL Fertilizers

  • 16:55
  • -
  • 17:00
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of day 2 conference Michael Sudarkasa - CEO, AFAP

Awards ceremony and drinks reception

Start End
  • 17:00
  • -

Relax into the evening and build those critical business relationships with industry peers, recognising and celebrating both individuals and businesses who have excelled and demonstrated commitment and innovation across diverse areas of the African fertilizer value chain this year. For more details visit the Awards page.

Day 3: Long term sustainability of fertilizer markets in Africa

Start End
  • 10:00
  • -
  • 10:05
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus
  • 10:00
  • -
  • 10:30
  • Value chain insight: To identify, encourage and sustain a fertiliser industry in Africa Sanjeev Doshi - Senior Director, Fertiplant Engineering Company
  • How are manufacturers and blenders adapting to the market conditions?What are the advantages and disadvantages of bulk blends vs NPK granulation?
  • What are main needs to sustain business? What are the major regional challenges and how are governments supporting the sector?
  • Case study: sustaining an NPK granulation plant
  • 10:30
  • -
  • 11:00
  • Africa Union Summit 2023: What are the hopes and aims for the Africa Union summit? Douglas Kerr - VP Business Development, IFDC
  • 11:00
  • -
  • 12:00
  • What are the hopes and aims for the Africa Union summit?
  • What are the key areas of focus and how will industry and governments work together to sustain agriculture in Africa?
  • Kenya’s net zero pledge by 2030: how does agriculture fit into this? Why is this important for adapting to climate threat? 
  • How to increase consumption of fertilizer on the African continent in a future proof way? 

Moderator: Tim Cheyne, SVP Fertilizers, Argus

Speakers include:

Anthony Morrison, CEO, Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana

Valentine Miheso, Senior Partnerships Officer, AGRA

Femi Akinrebiyo, Global Manufacturing and Global Trade Supplier Finance Manager, IFC

Michael Sudarkasa, CEO, AFAP

Boniface Akuku, Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)

  • 12:00
  • -
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of conference Tim Cheyne - SVP Fertilizers, Argus

Lunch break

Start End
  • 12:20
  • -
  • 14:00
  • Lunch

Nairobi National Park Safari Tour - sponsored by Quest Group

Start End
  • 14:00
  • -
  • 17:00
  • Nairobi National Park safari tour - game drive and safari walk - SOLD OUT
The safari park tour has now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email conferences@argusmedia.com The safari tour will take place in the afternoon of Friday, 10 February. 

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