19 февраля - 21 февраля 2020
Cape Town, South Africa

Argus Africa Fertilizer

  • 09:00
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  • 15:00
  • Golf day

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  • 08:30
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  • 18:00
  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:30
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  • 17:00
  • Site visit - details to be confirmed
  • 09:00
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  • 12:30
  • Fertilizer fast track - a guide to global fertilizer production, trade and demand dynamics

Fertilizer Fast Track - a guide to global fertilizer production, trade and demand dynamics

09:00 Insights into the nitrogen markets

  • Nitrogen production routes
  • Supply and demand
  • Price drivers

10:00 A focus on the phosphate markets 

  • Premium phosphate markets
  • Global supply
  • Market issues

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 Developments in the potash markets

  • Potash overview
  • Production and prices
  • Market themes

11:30 A snapshot of the sulphur markets 

  • Production routes
  • Supply and demand
  • Price drivers and market themes

12:00 NPK’s, specialty and added value fertilizers

  • NPK market overview
  • Added value fertilizers explained
  • Global market trends 

12:30 Closing remarks


  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Light lunch for all delegates
  • 17:30
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  • 18:30
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Technology solutions for improving balanced nutrition
  • Improving nutrient use efficiency with enhanced efficiency fertilizers
  • The benefits of foliar fertilizers and how these could improve African crops
    Pawel Malarczyk, Business Unit Director – Agrochemicals, EKOPLON
  • Women in fertilizers in Africa
  • Market update for South Africa
  • West Africa Fertilizer Market Update
    Patrice Annequin, Private Sector Specialist, IFDC Côte d'Ivoire
  • Managing Crop Production in Acidic Soils in Ethiopia
    Sam Gameda, Senior Soil Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Ethiopia
  • 18:30
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  • 20:30
  • Opening cocktail reception
  • 14:00
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  • 14:10
  • Welcome remarks Marie Claire Kalihangabo - Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM), African Development Bank

  • 14:10
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  • 14:50
  • Panel discussion: Introduction to finance options for the African fertilizer supply chain Moderator: Edward Mabaya - Manager of Agribusiness Development, African Development Bank

• Financing options for SME’s
• Maintaining sustainable finance
• The importance of building relationships between the public and private sectors to achieve success

Charles Sesay, Finance Director, Rokel Bank
Kalim M. Shah, Chief Investment Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC)  
Robson Mutandi, Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

 

  • 14:50
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  • 15:20
  • Coffee - Finance Director, Rokel Bank
  • Financing options for SME’s
  • Maintaining sustainable finance and challenges faced
  • The importance of building relationships between the public and private sectors to achieve success

Charles Sesay, Finance Director, Rokel Bank
Kalim M. Shah, Chief Investment Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Robson Mutandi, Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

  • 15:20
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  • 16:00
  • Panel discussion: Connecting the private and public sectors to improve value chain efficiency for fertilizer use and distribution Moderator: Pierre Brunache - Consultant AFFM, African Development Bank

• Successful business models aw
• The role of financial institutions in supporting the fertilizer supply chain
• Regional initiatives to improve access to finance

Asseta Diallo, (PhD), Program Officer, Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Daniel Adotey, Program Management Specialist – Agriculture and Food Security, USAID

  • 15:50
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  • 16:20
  • Connecting the private and public sectors to improve value chain efficiency for fertilizer use and distribution
  • Successful business models
  • The role of financial institutions in supporting the fertilizer supply chain
  • Regional initiatives to improve access to finance

Asseta Diallo, (PhD), Program Officer, Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Case study: Mali’s success story – Achieving the Abuja Declaration objectives
  • How has Mali achieved 50kg of nutrients per hectare?
  • Major crops and fertilizer consumption volumes
  • What needs to be done for Mali to maintain long term success
  • 16:30
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  • 16:40
  • Chair's closing remarks
  • 16:50
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  • End of forum
  • 09:00
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  • 18:00
  • Registration and exhibition open
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Mike Nash - Editor for Fertilizer Content Development, Argus
  • 09:40
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  • 09:55
  • Conference welcome: Agricultural transformation developments and strategies for ensuring value chain efficiency across the region H.E. Josefa Sacko - Commissioner, Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union
  • 09:55
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  • 10:10
  • Opening address
  • 10:10
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  • 10:30
  • Welcome from the Host sponsor OCP Group
  • Major developments and trends in the region
  • Overcoming food security challenges with incentives
  • Outlook for 2020
  • 10:10
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  • 10:30
  • Welcome from the host sponsor Karim Lotfi Senhadji - CEO, OCP Africa
  • 10:30
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  • 11:20
  • Panel discussion: The movement towards customised fertilizers for smallholders in Africa
  • The importance of educating blenders
  • Soil testing, crop analysis and understanding research results
  • Opportunities for blenders in the region

    Dr Pieter Haumann, Chief Executive Officer, FERTASA
    John Wendt, Deputy Director for Field Research, IFDC
    Etuh Clement, Executive Director Commercials, Tak Continental Limited
    Mark Goodwin,
    Manager International Business, Compass Minerals 
  • 11:20
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  • 11:50
  • Coffee
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • Developing multi-nutrient fertilizers for improving crop yield and quality - ICL Fertilizers
  • Improving nutrient use efficiency with multi-nutrient products
  •  Compatibility with African crop types
  • Opportunities in Africa for multi-blend fertilizers
  • 12:20
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  • 13:00
  • Panel discussion: Digital transformation in agriculture
• The increasing importance of smart farming
• The use of digital technologies among rural population and farmers
• Sharing information and data collection
• Investment in digital agriculture

Edward Mabaya, Manager of Agribusiness Development, African Development Bank
François Affholderc, Agricultural Researcher, AIDA Research Unit, CIRAD
Marc Corbeels, Agricultural Researcher, AIDA Research Unit, CIRAD
  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch - Hosted by Transcom
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) Program: A new fertilizer data platform for Sub-Saharan Africa Charlene Migwe - VIFAA Project Manager, Kenya, Development Gateway
• What will the platform offer and who can use it?
• Project status update
• Applying data to key decision-making processes for governments and private sector actors

  • 14:30
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  • 15:10
  • Panel discussion: Supporting small scale farmers with their fertilizer usage in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Challenges for small scale farmers
  • Import trends
  • What are the missing links in the value chain? 

Carlos Zandamela, President, Mozambican Platform for Promotion of Fertilizer Use (AMOFERT)
Rob Groot, Director Business Development and Partnerships, IFDC

  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Coffee
  • 15:40
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  • 16:10
  • Panel discussion: West Africa fertilizer market – Opportunities and challenges in the region
• Ghana's Fertilizer Expansion Programme and other regional initiatives
• Regional security issues
• Domestic production in Nigeria and import volumes

Nana Serwah Amoako, Senior Advisor, Office of the President Accra, Ghana
Anthony Selorm Kofituo Morrison, CEO Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana and Chair, West Africa Chamber of Agribusiness
Gideon Negedu,
Executive Secretary, FERTASA
  • 16:10
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  • End of session
  • 18:00
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  • until late
  • Gala dinner Hosted by OCP
  • 09:00
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  • 12:30
  • Exhibition open
  • 09:30
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  • 10:10
  • Panel discussion: Overcoming transport and supply chain challenges across Africa and recommendations for improvement
  • Are transportation costs improving?
  • Transportation availability
  • Infrastructure developments

    Gopal Chandak, Regional Head - West Africa & Asia (Fertilizer & Agri Inputs), Export Trading Group
    Gertrude Mashonganyika, Supplies and Logistics Manager, ZFC Ltd
    Shujjat Alikhan, Vice President, IMGS Group
    David Buruchara, Fertilizer Logistics Specialist, One Acre Fund
  • 10:10
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  • 10:50
  • Panel discussion: Strategies for improving the African supply chain: From production to the farmer
  • How can fertilizers be made more accessible for small scale farmers?
  • The importance of private and public sector collaboration
  • Fertilizer subsidies in Africa

Moderator: Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist - AfricaFertilizer.Org Coordinator, IFDC Kenya
Mahamadou Nassirou Ba,
Economic Affairs Officer - Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Division, United Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Dr. James Mutegi,
Senior Program Manager - East and Southern Africa, African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI)
Andrew Prince,
General Manager - Supply Chain, Omnia

  • 10:50
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  • 11:20
  • How will security restrictions in West Africa impact consumption volumes and agricultural outputs in this region?
  • Impacts of urea restrictions
  • Balancing security gains against economic losses
  • Urea supply and demand outlook for 2020
  • 11:20
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  • 11:50
  • Coffee
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • Roundtable recap: Hear from roundtable discussion leaders who will be sharing feedback from their discussion groups
  • 12:20
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  • 12:40
  • Outlook for Africa Mike Nash - Editor for Fertilizer Content Development, Argus
  • Expectations for consumption in Africa in 2020
  • Where will the biggest opportunities be?
  • Outlook for consumption
  • 12:40
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:30
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  • End of conference
  • 14:30
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  • 17:00
  • Wine tour - Hosted by Omnia

To end your busy week, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Groot Constantia vineyard. 

Transportation and wine tasting package complimentary to conference attendees.