24 February 2021
Online event

Argus Africa Fertilizer Live - Virtual Conference


During the event a series of high-level panel discussions and interactive presentations will tackle the key challenges facing the industry, as well as offering valuable insights into how specific markets and regions are improving access to and affordability of fertilizers for farmers.  

Attendees are encouraged to be active participants in the conference by engaging with speakers during round tables, live Q&As and polls and thereby helping to devise a roadmap for the future of the fertilizer sector. All conference sessions will be recorded and available to view on demand after the live event so you can catch up on what you may have missed.

Contact us on the details below if you have any questions about the agenda or speaking opportunities:


+44 77 3903 5338

  • 08:00
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  • 17:00

Attendees are welcome to use this time to network with other participants.

  • Simply navigate to the attendee list on the event platform
  • Click on the name of the person you would like to connect with
  • Select "Message" or Schedule a meeting" and begin networking

For more insight take a tour of the virtual environment or contact conferences@argusmedia.com

  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Round Table Discussion - Soil Health – A necessity for sustainable agriculture development

Join this interactive session led by a moderator. Meet up to 20 attendees to share experiences, expertise and build your network of contacts in Africa.

  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Round table discussion: The future of fertilizers in Africa

Join your peers for an interactive session led by a moderator on the short- and long-term prospects for the fertilizer sector in Africa. Discussion topics to include, but not limited to:

  • Closing the yield gap in Africa
  • Economic and environmental factors
  • Prospects for added-value fertilizers
  • The promotion of intra-Africa trade
  • 10:00
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  • 10:45
  • Opening session: Market overview and regional snapshots across Africa David Maher, Editor Fertilizer Africa - Argus
  • Trade flows, demand centres and market developments
  • Impact of Covid-19 on the fertilizer sector, and government and industry responses to the crisis
  • A look at specific challenges in key sub-Saharan Africa markets and roadmaps for the future
  • 10:45
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  • 11:00
  • Keynote address Jihane Ajijti - Head of Strategy, Regulatory Watch & Delivery Monitoring, OCP Africa
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Keynote panel: Promoting and implementing a multi-stakeholder approach to food security in Africa (plus live Q&A) - OCP Africa, IFDC, UNECA
  • Working with key stakeholders across the supply chain to safeguard food production
  • Public and private-sector initiatives to strengthen market infrastructure and product availability
  • Optimising all aspects of the value chain to improve access to fertilizers
Moderated by Oliver Hatfield, VP Fertilizers, Argus
Jihane Ajijti, Head of Strategy, Regulatory Watch & Delivery Monitoring, OCP Africa
Rob Groot, Director, Business Development and Partnerships, IFDC
Mahamadou Nassirou Ba, Senior Expert, Agriculture, Food Security and Climate, United Economic Commission for Africa, Africa Climate Policy Centre (UNECA/ACPC)
  • 12:00
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  • 13:00
  • Tackling logistical and trade barriers to ensure timely delivery of products to growers (plus live Q&A) - Chemplex, One Acre Fund and ETG
  • Bolstering regional trade corridors across Africa and removing logistical constraints
  • Government investment initiatives to improve port, infrastructure and transportation networks
  • Ensuring supply to landlocked countries is not hampered by logistical challenges
  • Assessing and the cost build-up along the supply chain and reducing unnecessary transportation costs
David Bucharara, Global Sourcing Logistics Manager, One Acre Fund
Sushant Gaggar, Head of Fertilizers, East Africa, ETG
Tapuwa Mashingaidze, Chief Executive, Chemplex, and Chairman, Zimbabwe Fertilizer Manufacturers’ Association
  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch break and time for meetings
  • 14:00
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  • 15:00
  • Adopting a holistic approach to soil health and agricultural productivity in Africa (plus live Q&A) - IITA, IFDC, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and Indorama
  • Soil carbon sequestration: The fertilizer sector’s biggest opportunity to mitigate climate change
  • Maximising yields with accurate soil analysis and application of tailored fertilizers
  • Balancing soil fertility and how added-value fertilizers can increase nutrient efficiency
  • Ensuring crop and site-specific effective fertilizers are available and affordable for farmers
Bernard Vanlauwe, R4D Director, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Andre Bationo, Chief of Party, SAPEP, IFDC
Rattan Lal, Professor of Soil Science, and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
  • 15:00
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  • 16:00
  • Exploring financing models for the fertilizer sector to strengthen the supply chain and empower farmers - EBID, IFAD and AGRA
  • Driving economic development by empowering farmers with better access to finance
  • Innovative approaches to providing funding across agribusiness value chains
  • Improving access to finance and mitigating risk for farmers
Panelists include:

Dr. Mabouba Diagne, Vice-President Finance and Corporate Services, ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)
Frank Rubio, Senior Technical Specialist, Private Sector Advisory and Implementation Unit, IFAD
Hedwig Siewertsen, Head of Inclusive Finance, AGRA

  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Closing session: Supporting Agro dealers and farmers in unprecedented times (plus live Q&A)
  • Developing robust networks and supply chains to ensure farmers have the right inputs and extension advisory services
  • Strategies to unlock easier access to finance and safeguard ROI for farmers
  • Investing in last-mile infrastructure to support local agribusiness networks and smallholder farmers

Luambo Munzhedzi, Strategy Director, Farmers Hub Zambia, and President, Agro-dealers of Southern Africa
Nike Tinubu, Managing Director, Eagleson Cassava
Fred Muhhuku, Agribusiness Consultant, AGRA

Agenda highlights

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    Panel discussions

    Insightful panel discussions tackling the most pertinent challenges facing the industry
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    A strategic look at as well as the production, trade and last-mile distribution of fertilizers
  • Networking icon


    Round table discussions will encourage active participation and interaction with fellow attendees
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    Live Q&A

    Live Q & A and polling will offer multiple opportunities to engage with industry experts
  • Networking opportunities

    Structured networking

    Browse the attendee list and schedule 1-1 face to face video meetings within the virtual platform.
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    Live and on-demand

    Content available live and on-demand to view later