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09:00 - 17:00
Pre-conference social agenda and site visit (details to be confirmed)

Pre-conference social agenda including hike of Table Mountain and Winery Tour. Details to be confirmed, email conferences@crugroup.com to register your interest.

06:30 - 14:00
Site Visit to Kropz's Elandsfontein Phosphate Project

Registered delegates have the opportunity to visit Kropz’s flagship operation, the Elandsfontein phosphate project,  located approximately 100km NNW of Cape Town. The Elandsfontein project is recognized as containing the second largest phosphate deposit in South Africa. 


14:00 - 15:30
Specialty Fertilizer Forum

-          What are specialty fertilizers and how can they benefit African farmers?
-          Influence of these new products on specific crops important to African farmers
-          Market potential in enhanced efficiency fertilizers, micronutrients and bio stimulants


16:00 - 17:30
Soil Science Workshop

-          Importance of soil mapping to specialty fertilizer and precision farming
-          Creating a network of laboratories to process data
-          Understanding acidity concerns and lime solutions


09:30 - 10:30
Keynote Panel Session: Reaching Africa’s Agribusiness potential

Leaders of African agriculture, agribusiness, fertilizer and finance share their views on the importance of agribusiness to economic and social development

-             Agribusiness as an engine for African development
-             Supporting fertilizer and agribusiness trade through partnership, investment and innovation  
-              Unleashing demand for fertilizers through support and development of the full supply chain
-             Financing tools to enable fertilizer trade and investment in the agribusiness value chain
-             Bringing youth to agriculture and empowering women through agribusiness

11:00 - 12:30
Nutrients Made in Africa: African Fertilizer Production

Africa has great plans to expand its own fertilizer production capabilities, with major projects under development. This session will look at the various projects across the continent that are in development and could impact fertilizer supply across the region and in the global markets.
 -          Overview of global fertilizer markets and the business case for increased production in Africa
-          Analysis of Africa’s nutrient resources and what projects are in development
-          OCP’s case study of building a world leader in phosphate mining
-          The latest developments from Nigeria’s world class nitrogen industry

14:00 - 15:00
Unleashing Demand: African Agribusiness perspectives

Hear from some of Africa’s most important agribusiness companies and experts in key cash crop markets as they outline their views on the mega trends that are impacting agribusiness investment, development and trade across Africa. Topics under discussion will include:

-          Where Africa’s agribusiness leaders see the greatest opportunities
-          How Africa can boost exports of agriproducts and support economic growth
-          Where cross-continental coordination can create agri-corridors and boost trade

15:30 - 16:30
Agribusiness Investor panel

Leaders in major financial institutions involved in global agribusiness discuss the challenges faced by financiers in plugging the liquidity gap for solutions across the supply chain.
-          Agribusiness as an engine for economic diversification and as a draw for FDI across Africa
-          Overview of the current financial landscape and investor appetite for agribusiness opportunities
-          Identifying the funding gap and roadblocks for projects seeking capital
-          Finding tools that enable affordable credit to facilitate trade and investment

16:30 - 17:30
Fertilizer and Agribusiness Investment showcase

In these sessions fertilizer and agribusiness projects that are looking for finance will have the opportunity to give short, 10 minute presentations to outline their detailed business plans for fertilizer and agribusiness projects across Africa. We will bring an audience of global investors and financiers that are looking for new opportunities.  

09:30 - 10:00
Highlight presentation: Application of Agri-tech Innovation across Africa

-          What is precision agriculture and what can it mean for African farming?
-          What are the latest trends in agricultural technology and how can they be made available to African farmers?
-          Leveraging technology (Information and Communication Technology (ICT)) to boost output


10:00 - 11:00
Regional Focus Forum: East & Southern Africa

In our regional focus sessions, we will bring together speakers from across the fertilizer and agribusiness supply chain to discuss the challenges and opportunities that are specific to each part of Africa.
-          Agri input strategies to prepare for drought and other climate change scenarios
-          Mega trends in South and East Africa’s key agribusiness products
-          Policy harmonization in the regulation of fertilizer quality
-          Building trade across Southern Africa through improved infrastructure

11:30 - 12:00
Highlight presentation: Youth and Women in Fertilizers and Agribusiness

-          Promotion of participation of Africa’s women and youth through out the fertilizer and agribusiness supply chain
-          Public and private partnership to encourage affirmative policy development and inclusive procurement

12:00 - 13:00
Regional Focus Forum: West & Central Africa

West Africa is a well-established force in global agribusiness in key products such as coffee and cocoa. The region has also emerged as an important producer of urea, ammonia and phosphates.
-          Examining mega trends in cocoa and coffee markets and strategies to reduce post-harvest loss
-          Developing networks of blending, bagging and distribution of inputs across the region. Where are bottlenecks in the supply chain?
-          How can local agribusiness benefit from increased regional production of phosphate and nitrogen fertilizers?

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