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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. 


14:30 - 15:30
Specialty Fertilizer Forum



14:30 - 14:50
What are specialty fertilizers and how can they benefit African farmers?
Speaker:
Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI

14:50 - 15:10
Market potential in enhanced efficiency fertilizers, micronutrients and bio stimulants
Speaker:
Cyrille Allais, Business Development Manager, Shell Sulphur Solutions
15:10 - 15:30
Importance of precision blending in future farming
Speaker:
John Mitchell, Manager, Inside Sales & Application Engineering, Sackett-Waconia / Bagtech
15:30 - 15:50
Case study: Promoting balanced crop nutrition in different agro-ecological zones of Nigeria
Speaker:
Prof G. B. Ayoola, President, Farm & Infrastructure Foundation

16:00 - 17:30
Exhibition Highlights Presentations

16:00 - 16:20
Online particle size and shape control in fertilizer production
Speaker:
Robert Waggeling, EMEA Product Manager, Microtrac

16:20 - 16:40
Fertilizer Quality - Importance, Cost, and Ways to improve

Speaker:
Prakash Mathur, Director of Operations, NAQ Global
16:40 - 17:00
TBC

08:30 - 08:40
Words of welcome from CRU and AFAP

Speaker:
Cecilia Khupe, Chief Operations and Compliance Officer, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

08:40 - 09:00
Words of welcome from Government hosts

 
Speaker:
Alan Winde, Economic Opportunities Minister, Western Cape Government

09:00 - 09:20
Keynote presentation

 
Speaker:
Mishel Al-Mutairi, Head of Phosphate & Ammonia Marketing, Ma'aden

09:30 - 10:20
Keynote Panel Session: Reaching Africa’s Agribusiness potential

  • Global leaders in fertilizer production discuss how to deliver high quality and cost-effective fertilizer for African agribusiness and small holder farmers
  • Broad and systematic approaches to boosting fertilizer use and improving the efficiency of the downstream fertilizer supply chain
  • Moving the agenda beyond agricultural productivity to the profitability of small scale farming
  • Improving agricultural value chains with predictable markets and affordable finance
  • Exploring innovative financing terms to minimize the costs of fertilizers for farmers

Moderator:
Peter Heffernan, Managing Consultant, CRU
Panellists:
Manuel Goepfrich, Product and Planning Director – Africa, Yara International
Ahmed Al-Shaikh, Phosphate Marketing Manager, Ma'aden
Jason Scarpone, President and CEO, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

11:00 - 12:00
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
Moderator:
Josie Armstrong, Principal Consultant, CRU
Speaker:
Ashish Lakhotia, CEO, Fertilizer and Agribusiness, ETG Inputs Ltd
Fayçal Benameur, Senior Vice President East Africa, OCP Africa

13:20 - 14:40
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
Moderator:
Pierre Brunache, Chief Agribusiness Officer, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Speaker:
Rajiv Ram, Demand Analyst, CRU
Timothy Durgan, Senior Project Manager, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
John Gitonga M’Arithi, Kenyan Commercial Tea Farmer and Former Director, Kinoro Tea Factory Company (managed by Kenya Tea Development Authority)
Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility and Fertiliser Systems, AGRA

15:10 - 15:30
Highlight presentation: Finding tools that enable affordable credit to facilitate trade and investment in the fertilizer industry

 
Moderator:
Jason Scarpone, CEO, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Speaker:
Marie Claire Kalihangabo, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism Coordinator, African Development Bank

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

Further speakers to be announced
Moderator:
Jason Scarpone, CEO, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Panellists:
Kalim Shah, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)
Amanda Tshaya, Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit, Wesgro
Remi Burdairon, Partner – Agribusiness, Barak Fund Management
Speaker:
Ayodele Balogun, AFAP Technical Advisor for West Africa, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

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.  
Speaker:
Breda van Niekerk, Director, Gariep Boerdery (Pty) Ltd
Herman Bester, Director, Leeuriver Boerdery (Pty) Ltd
Olufunke Oderinde, Managing Director, Agriguardian
Dr Charles Awuzie, Representative, Kituvo Technology
Erik Kok, CEO, DSM Corridor Group

09:00 - 10:30
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

Further speakers to be announced
Moderator:
Timothy Durgan, Senior Project Manager, African Ferilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Speaker:
Luambo Munzhedzi, Chairperson, Agro Dealers Association of South Africa (ADASA)
Mari Pennanen, Chief Business Development Officer, DSM Corridor Group
Paul Makepeace, Senior Fertilizer Specialist, African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Tshilidzi Mathobo, Director: Agricultural Economics Support Services, Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Jeff Ivan, Managing Director - International Sales, AGI - Yargus

11:20 - 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?

Further speakers to be announced
Moderator:
Jean-Michel Ndongo-she, Regional Director, West and Central Africa (WCA), African Ferilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Speaker:
Balbir Singh, Head of Agronomy and Development, Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited
Ayodele Balogun, AFAP Technical Advisor for West Africa, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Eugene Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Innocent Okuku, Vice President, The West Africa Fertilizer Association

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