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Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018

Conference Agenda 2018

Monday 26 February 2018


Registration and Exhibition Opens


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.


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

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


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


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

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

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

Registration and Coffee
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


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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Principal Sponsor

OCP Africa

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Sirius Minerals

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LAT Borealis


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One Acre Fund

Harvest SA

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