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09:00 - 11:00
Keynote session

Keynote words of welcome from conference organizers and hosts
09:00 - 09:30
Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union

09:30 - 10:00
Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

10:00 - 10:30
José Condugua António Pacheco, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Government of Mozambique

10:30 - 11:00
Anas Al-Bassam, Marketing, Sales & Outbound Logistics Director, Ma'aden

11:45 - 13:05
Session 2: Fertilizer as a catalyst for East and Southern African agribusiness

11:45 - 12:05
Imane Belrhiti, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, OCP Africa

12:05 - 12:35
Pierre Brunache, Chief Agribusiness Officer, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

12:35 - 12:55
Understanding African Soil and its nutrient needs
Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI

12:55 - 13:15
Innovation in fertilizer and agribusiness
Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia, Senior Agronomist, Eastern Africa, ICL

14:00 - 15:30
Session 3: Policy development to support regional fertilizer trade and agribusiness

  • Harmonization of fertilizer regulations and policies
  • Quality testing and enforcement of standards
  • Subsidization strategies to achieve yield results

09:00 - 09:30
Investment day keynote presentations

Agribusiness as an engine for East and Southern African development – the case of Mozambique
To be provided by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce of the Government of Mozambique

11:00 - 12:30
Session 4: Global market perspectives

11:00 - 11:30
Overview of regional economics and political stability
André Almeida Santos, Principal Country Economist, African Development Bank

11:30 - 12:00
International agronomy trends
To be provided by a leading international agronomist
12:00 - 12:30
Overview of the global fertilizer markets
Humphrey Knight, Consultant, CRU Group

14:00 - 15:30
Session 6: Building an environment for increased fertilizer demand

  • Supporting agribusiness and SME empowerment through capacity and skills development
  • Need for mechanisation, irrigation and developing internal markets, building storage infrastructure and reducing post-harvest loss 

09:00 - 10:00
Session 7: Highlight presentations

09:00 - 09:30
Meeting Africa’s Rice Promise
Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice

09:20 - 09:40
West African fertilizer production
Balbir Singh, Head of Agronomy and Development, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals

09:40 - 10:00
Case study: The Adelaide Ruiters Phosphate Mining Project
Adelaide Ruiters, Managing Director, Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration

10:00 - 11:00
Session 8: Blending, bagging and distribution

  • Developing networks of warehouses, blenders, baggers and distributors 
  • New investment opportunities in downstream fertilizer supply value chain. 
Short presentations and panel discussion will explore where investment is taking place and how this part of the agribusiness sector can be further developed.

11:30 - 12:30
Session 9: Logistics, trade infrastructure and clusters

  • Where investment in rural infrastructure and storage facilities can be most effective at increasing access to inputs and reducing post harvest loss
  • How agribusiness corridors and clusters can be best applied across the region to increase efficiencies and focus investment
Short presentations and panel discussion with participation expected from key players in input logistics, agri-trade infrastructure and regional investment clusters.