24 abril - 26 abril 2019
Lomé, Togo

West Africa Fertilizer Forum

Speakers

Abdoulaye Dieye
Secretary for Research and Training, West African Fertilizer Association
Dr. Abdoulaye Dièye is a leading chemical engineer, with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of fertilizer manufacturing, including Research and Development of fertilizer and agricultural products, marketing, quality control, and environmental management. He holds both a Doctorate in Industrial Processing and an MBA in Marketing. As an executive at ICS, which market...
Dr. Abdoulaye Dièye is a leading chemical engineer, with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of fertilizer manufacturing, including Research and Development of fertilizer and agricultural products, marketing, quality control, and environmental management. He holds both a Doctorate in Industrial Processing and an MBA in Marketing. As an executive at ICS, which markets fertilizer throughout Africa and the world, he combines a wealth of experience in both the technical and economic dimensions of the fertilizer industry in Africa. Dr. Dieye draws on a combination of skills and a familiarity with the African context to provide technical expertise in all aspects of the fertilizer industry, from product development to consumer application.
Bocar Diagana
Regional Economist, IFDC
Emmanuel Alognikou
Fertilizer Legislation Specialist, IFDC
Titulaire d’un diplôme d’Ingénieur agronome de l’Université de Lomé, au Togo en 1988, Emmanuel K. M. Alognikou occupe dès lors plusieurs postes dans des projets exécutés par le Centre international pour le développement des engrais (IFDC), dans les domaines de la fertilité des sols et du développement du marché ouest africain des engrais. En 2000, il se voit confier, en ta...
Titulaire d’un diplôme d’Ingénieur agronome de l’Université de Lomé, au Togo en 1988, Emmanuel K. M. Alognikou occupe dès lors plusieurs postes dans des projets exécutés par le Centre international pour le développement des engrais (IFDC), dans les domaines de la fertilité des sols et du développement du marché ouest africain des engrais. En 2000, il se voit confier, en tant qu’Assistant de projet, la responsabilité de soutenir la mise en place des systèmes de règlementation des engrais en Afrique de l’Ouest. Depuis 2010, il est la cheville ouvrière du cadre légal et règlementaire relatif à la commercialisation et au contrôle de qualité des engrais dans l’espace CEDEAO, dans le cadre de l’exécution des Projets Marketing Inputs Regionally (MIR) Plus, West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP) et, depuis Février 2018, Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) Project for West Africa.
Innocent Okuku
Vice President, West African Fertilizer Association
Innocent Okuku is the Vice-President and Coordinator for Partnerships of the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), an umbrella for all private sector players in the fertilizer industry operating within the ECOWAS region. Mr Okuku is also the Chief Executive Officer of Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL), an agro-allied company based in Nigeria and focused on helping smallhol...
Innocent Okuku is the Vice-President and Coordinator for Partnerships of the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), an umbrella for all private sector players in the fertilizer industry operating within the ECOWAS region. Mr Okuku is also the Chief Executive Officer of Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL), an agro-allied company based in Nigeria and focused on helping smallholder farmers achieve increased production and income through the adoption of improved farming practices and inputs, including balanced fertilizers. He has over 25 years experience in the agricultural industry spanning research, development and commercial positions in both public and private organizations, including over 8 years in the fertilizer industry in Nigeria where he served as Group Head of Commercial Services at Notore Chemical Industries PLC, West Africa’s premier Urea Manufacturer, where he was responsible for all the functions related to business Development, marketing and sales in all markets including locally in Nigeria and exports globally. Mr Okuku has great capacity and experience in developing and running Public-Private-Partnerships towards deploying appropriate farm inputs and technologies to help increase farm yields across Africa. Innocent is an alumnus of the prestigious London Business School and also holds a Doctorate degree in Crop Production.
James Luther
Commercial Manager, Nectar Group
James Luther is the Commercial Manager at Nectar Group Ltd – A company specialising in bulk handling and port operations with a specific emphasis on West Africa. The Group operates and maintains several ports worldwide including ‘Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal’ in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The company handles over a million tonnes of fertilizer each year within the ports ...
James Luther is the Commercial Manager at Nectar Group Ltd – A company specialising in bulk handling and port operations with a specific emphasis on West Africa. The Group operates and maintains several ports worldwide including ‘Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal’ in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The company handles over a million tonnes of fertilizer each year within the ports of Africa, Asia and Central America. James joined Nectar Group in 2011 and has spent much of his time visiting West African ports and observing first-hand the issues that can arise when handling fertilizers of all kinds.
Jason Scarpone
CEO, AFAP
Jason Scarpone currently President and CEO of The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is a leading International Development Specialist with 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing and managing economic recovery and development programs for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the United States. He has s...
Jason Scarpone currently President and CEO of The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is a leading International Development Specialist with 25 years’ experience in designing, implementing and managing economic recovery and development programs for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the United States. He has specialized in public-private partnerships that link production, policy, and marketing, with special attention to post-conflict, post-crisis environments. He has successfully implemented large-scale agricultural and rural development programs with long-lasting positive effects. Scarpone holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and urban studies from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in labor relations from New York University.
Jeff Ivan
Director International Sales, AGI Fertilizer Systems
Jeff Ivan is the Director International Sales with the AGI Fertilizer Systems division within the AGI (Ag Growth International) group. Jeff Ivan has spent 30 years in the Agricultural field, most recently with AGI Fertilizer Systems working on International Fertilizer projects in developing agricultural regions. Prior to AGI, Jeff worked with Tiger-Sul Products on the de...
Jeff Ivan is the Director International Sales with the AGI Fertilizer Systems division within the AGI (Ag Growth International) group. Jeff Ivan has spent 30 years in the Agricultural field, most recently with AGI Fertilizer Systems working on International Fertilizer projects in developing agricultural regions. Prior to AGI, Jeff worked with Tiger-Sul Products on the development of International Sulphur and micronutrients business development and marketing establishing new Sulphur fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Jeff started his career in the retail fertilizer sector in Canada. Jeff originates from a family farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Jeff has been involved in several committees such as the Fertilizer Canada’s Agronomy and Environment Committee, The Sulphur Institute’s Sulphur Advocacy Group, acting as lead for the development of sulphur fertilizers in India and is active with the IFA African Forum for the development of fertilizer in Africa. Yargus is part of the Ag Growth International Group (AGI) consisting of 28 individual companies with 33 leading brands focusing on material handling equipment for the grain and fertilizer industries. AGI Fertilizer Systems is a world leading manufacturer of material handling and blending equipment with equipment installation in all agricultural regions around the world. AGI Fertilizer Systems produces one of the widest ranges of handling, blending and coating systems and establishes projects from 6 Tons per hour to over 600 TPH capacities.
Malick Niang
Communications Manager, West African Fertilizer Association
Malick Niang is the Communication Manager and member of the board of WAFA he has multiple experience in the field of Agriculture and agri inputs and has been working in West Africa for the past 10 years. He hold a master degree in marketing and Communication. Mr Niang is Export Trading Group's Regional Sales Manager for Fertilizer and Agri In put based in Abidjan in Cote ...
Malick Niang is the Communication Manager and member of the board of WAFA he has multiple experience in the field of Agriculture and agri inputs and has been working in West Africa for the past 10 years. He hold a master degree in marketing and Communication. Mr Niang is Export Trading Group's Regional Sales Manager for Fertilizer and Agri In put based in Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire and looking after francophone West Africa. He is charge of developping and marketing of good fertilizers accross the region and helping to make fertilizers available for farmers. Very comfortable in the African context of challenges related to agriculture, Mr Niang is committed to participating in the development of Africa, which he believes will necessarily involve the development of agricultural technics and knowledge.
Martin Fregene
Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank
Dr. Martin Fregene is a plant geneticist and molecular breeder with over 25 years of research and development experience at two International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs), a renowned Plant Science Center in the US (judged the sixth best plant science center in the US), at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) of Nigeria – as Chief Techn...
Dr. Martin Fregene is a plant geneticist and molecular breeder with over 25 years of research and development experience at two International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs), a renowned Plant Science Center in the US (judged the sixth best plant science center in the US), at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) of Nigeria – as Chief Technical Adviser to the erstwhile Minister of Agriculture, and as Adviser to the Vice President of Agriculture, Human, and Social Development at the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Jennifer Blanke. He is currently Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry (AHAI) at the African Development Bank working on implementation of a bold initiative of the Bank, the Feed Africa Strategy in collaboration with AHAI’s sister department at the Bank, Agricultural Financing and Rural Development (AHFR). Specifically, he is leading the execution of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) to raise farm level crop, livestock, and aquaculture productivity across the continent. He is also leading the design and implementation of the Transformation of African Savannah Initiative (TASI), a science and technology –based initiative, that seeks to transform 16 million Ha of African Savannah across eight African countries into breadbaskets producing 50million MT of maize, 30million MT of soybean, and 10 million MT of livestock within 25 years via new private sector investments and climate-smart agriculture.
Mike Nash
Editor, Phosphates, Argus
Mike Nash is the editor of Argus’ weekly phosphates reports and also the main contributor to the Argus monthly phosphates outlook report. He has 15 years of experience covering the international phosphates and other fertilizer markets for a variety of UK-based price reporting agencies. He has also covered international energy and petrochemical markets and previously edited...
Mike Nash is the editor of Argus’ weekly phosphates reports and also the main contributor to the Argus monthly phosphates outlook report. He has 15 years of experience covering the international phosphates and other fertilizer markets for a variety of UK-based price reporting agencies. He has also covered international energy and petrochemical markets and previously edited a number of manufacturing and engineering titles in the UK. Mike is an experienced speaker; he has presented papers at various international industry events including AFA Cairo in 2011 and 2014 and GPCA in Dubai, TSI World Symposium, the FAI conference in Delhi as well as at many Argus events around the world and at numerous investor events and conferences. Mike is based in London. He is a graduate of Reading University with a BSc Hons degree in geography and economics and post-graduate studies in marketing.
Moussa Diabate
President, West African Fertilizer Association
Rob Groot
Director, Global Field Programs, IFDC
Rob has 30 years of experience in international agricultural development, with focus on food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2017 he is IFDC Director IFDC – Global Field Programs. Between 2004 and 2016 he was Regional IFDC Director for North/West Africa and later East/Southern Africa. Prior to joining IFDC, he was involved in R&D initiat...
Rob has 30 years of experience in international agricultural development, with focus on food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2017 he is IFDC Director IFDC – Global Field Programs. Between 2004 and 2016 he was Regional IFDC Director for North/West Africa and later East/Southern Africa. Prior to joining IFDC, he was involved in R&D initiatives on soil fertility improvement, fertilizer use and climate change. As Executive Secretary of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University in the Netherlands (1999-2004), he supported strategy and new business development. Before 1999 he managed several international research projects, including those focusing on the impact of climate change on water availability and food security in semiarid regions in sub-Saharan Africa. Rob holds a degree in agronomy and biology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Youl Sanson
EnGRAIS DCOP/Team Leader, IFDC
Dr. Sansan Youl is the Agronomist, Deputy Chief of Party and Team Leader as agro-input specialist, FtF-EnGRAIS project since March 2018. He is based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to that, he successfully assume Program Coordinator and ISFM Expert position within USAID C4CP project, 2014-2018 in Burkina Faso. In 2009 he completed a PhD degree on Natural Resources Management, ma...
Dr. Sansan Youl is the Agronomist, Deputy Chief of Party and Team Leader as agro-input specialist, FtF-EnGRAIS project since March 2018. He is based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to that, he successfully assume Program Coordinator and ISFM Expert position within USAID C4CP project, 2014-2018 in Burkina Faso. In 2009 he completed a PhD degree on Natural Resources Management, majoring in Soil Science at Bobo-Dioulasso Polytechnic University. Youl has Engineer degree, Rural Development at Ouagadougou University, Burkina Faso and a Masters degree in Tropical Agronomy, "Ecole Supérieure d’Agronomie Tropicale”, Montpellier France. He joined IFDC in 2006, after Research Assistant position during 15 years at INERA, CNRST in Burkina Faso.