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08:00 - 21:00
Visit to Langgewens Research Farm and Thokozani Wines

Organised by the Western Cape - Department of Agriculture see details on Site Visit page under Event tab 

13:30 - 15:00
Pre-conference AFAP Fertilizer Policy Unit Workshop: Public-Private Partnerships in Fertilizer Systems: How Public Private Dialogue Platforms can Improve the Fertilizer Business Environment

Led by Dr Maria Wanzala, Chief Policy Officer, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), South Africa

Speakers to be confirmed

16:00 - 17:00
Soil Science and Specialty Fertilizer Forum

-          Importance of soil mapping to fertilizer selection and application
-          What micronutrients can have a macro impact for African farmers?
-          Market potential in enhanced efficiency fertilizers, micronutrients and bio stimulants
Dr. Pedram Dehdari, Managing Director, Ensymm UG&Co.KG
Dr. Cleiton de Sequeira, Global Market Development Manager – Agriculture, U.S. Borax / Rio Tinto

17:00 - 18:00
Fertilizer Innovation Showcase

Platform for innovators in fertilizer production and application technology and associated services for the African market

Brett Binnekade, Systems Engineer, Festo / Bagtech
T.G. Krishnan, Director Marketing, Global Conveyor Systems Pvt. Ltd

09:00 - 09:20
Words of welcome

09:00 - 09:10
Jason Scarpone, President and CEO, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

09:10 - 09:20
Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union

09:20 - 10:20
Keynote Presentations

09:20 - 09:40
H.E. Ivan Meyer, Minister, Western Cape Department of Agriculture

09:40 - 10:00
Omri van Zyl, Executive Director, Agri SA
10:00 - 10:20
Dr. Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

11:00 - 12:20
Session 2: Fertilizer industry leadership

11:00 - 11:20
Senior representative, Ma’aden, Saudi Arabia


11:20 - 11:40
Chris Giannakis, co-CEO, Meridian Group
11:40 - 12:00
The Dangote Fertilizer Case study
Devakumar V.G. Edwin, Group Executive Director, Dangote Industries
12:00 - 12:20
Investment perspectives on African fertilizer
Kalim Shah, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)

14:10 - 15:30
Session 3: Agribusiness perspectives

14:10 - 14:30
Dr. John Purchase, CEO, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)

14:30 - 14:50
Frans du Plessis, Managing Director, GWK AGRI
14:50 - 15:10
Developing nitrogen fertiliser management strategies for wheat and canola under conservation agriculture practices in the Western Cape
Dr Johan Labuschagne, Researcher: RTDS - Plant Sciences, Western Cape Department of Agriculture
15:10 - 15:30
Brett Rierson, Head - Global Post-Harvest Knowledge & Operations Centre, World Food Programme

16:00 - 18:00
Session 4: Solutions for small holder farmer and SME agrodealer network development

-          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

16:00 - 16:20
Yohannes Assefa, Director of Agriculture and Agribusiness, USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

16:20 - 16:40
The Role of the Market the Business and Technical Services (BTS) service offering to agribusiness
Joseph Mwangangi, Head of Business and Technical, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
16:40 - 17:00
Government input supply schemes in South Africa: Lessons and Policy Implication
Makala Jeffrey Ngaka, Co-ordinator: Comprehensive Producer Support Policy, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Government of the Republic of South Africa
17:00 - 17:20
Developing incentive schemes to provide funding to businesses in the Agro-Processing sector
Tsépiso Makgothi, Chief Director: Strategic Partnerships and Customer Care, Industrial Financing Division, Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa

09:20 - 10:20
Session 6: Fertilizer and Agribusiness Investment Panel

-          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

Amanda Tshaya, Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit, Wesgro
Kefa Nyakundi, Managing Director, Ennovative Capital
Svet Varadzhakov, Investment Director, AgDevCo

10:50 - 12:00
Session 7: Understanding the Africa Fertilizer Landscape

10:50 - 11:10
Global fertilizer trade dynamics and the impact on trade flows into Africa
Rajiv Ram, Demand Analyst, CRU

11:10 - 11:30
Paul Makepeace, Senior Fertilizer Specialist, African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
11:30 - 11:50
Update on key fertilizer production projects across Africa
Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist and AfricaFertilizer.Org Coordinator, IFDC
11:50 - 12:10
Local fertilizer production from renewable energy
Ralph Koekkoek, Project Development Manager, Maire Tecnimont (Stamicarbon)

13:10 - 14:20
Session 8: Regional perspectives on boosting trade

13:10 - 13:30
UFCL business development in South-Eastern Africa
Maksim Poltoradnev, Marketing Director, United Fertilizers Company Limited

13:30 - 13:50
Mari Pennanen, Chief Business Development Officer, DSM Corridor Group
13:50 - 14:10
Clive M Smith, Chief Executive Officer (Ag), Walvis Bay Corridor Group
14:10 - 14:30
Luambo Munzhedzi, Chairperson, Agro Dealers Association of South Africa (ADASA)