Led by Dr Maria Wanzala, Chief Policy Officer, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), South Africa
Speakers to be confirmed
Platform for innovators in fertilizer production and application technology and associated services for the African market
- Understanding the needs and constraints of small holder famers and SME agribusiness
- Building agrodealer networks as providers of famer support, extension and advisory services
- Landscape of support available to SME farmers across Africa
- African economic outlook and key considerations for investors
- Agribusiness as an engine for economic diversification and as a draw for FDI across Africa
- Identifying the funding gap and roadblocks for projects seeking capital
Omri van Zyl is a qualified attorney and holds a BA Law, LLB (Academic Honours), MBA and qualifications in project management, crime intelligence and business development.
He was appointed Executive Director of Agri SA in December 2015, representing 28 000 commercial farmers in 9 provinces, 25 commodity organisations in various fora and 7 corporate members. Omri manages a team that has a strong strategic focus on policy and agricultural economic development and covers in amongst others, natural resources, rural safety, commercial and labour and socio-developmental initiatives.
Omri featured in a group of 60 CEO’s that were formed to advise government on turn-around interventions to revive the South African economy. In August 2016 he was appointed as trustee on the Sasol Agriculture Trust and in 2017 he served as chairperson on the World Farmers’ Organisation’s Audit Board as well as an alternate director on BUSA’s board of directors. In 2018 he was elected as a member of Danroc’s Board of Directors and in 2019 appointed as Chairman of the World Farmers’ Organisation’s Global Cooperatives Committee.
He is widely published and a known thought leader and strategist in the African agriculture sector. In November 2016, he is named continental winner by CEO Global in their “Leading African Recognition Programme” in the category for agriculture.
Kalim M. Shah is a Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment entity of the World Bank Group. He is currently responsible for IFC’s investments in Manufacturing which includes Downstream Oil & Gas for Sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has thirty years of experience in Corporate and Commercial banking, Project Finance and financial analysis with emphasis in the downstream oil & gas, manufacturing and agribusiness sectors. Twenty of these have been with IFC.
Kalim has country experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Canada and the USA. He holds a Masters degree of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Queen’s University, Canada.
Mr Makala Jeffrey Ngaka is currently employed by the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) as a Deputy Director within the Food Security and Agrarian Reform branch. He holds an MSc International Rural Development degree obtained from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in the United Kingdom (UK). His fields of interest include rural development, disaster risk reduction, agricultural extension and agricultural economics. He also serves as a Deputy Secretary of the newly formed Southern African Regional Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (SARFAAS).