Please find below the 2019 agenda. The 2020 agenda will be available in due course.

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 - 15:50
Pre-conference AFAP Fertilizer Policy Unit Workshop: Public-Private Partnerships in Fertilizer Systems: How Public Private Dialogue Platforms can Improve the Fertilizer Business Environment

13:30 - 13:35
Welcome remarks and Introductions
13:35 - 13:45
Public Private Dialogues (PPDs) and their relevance for the Fertilizer Business Environment in SSA
Maria Wanzala, Director of Policy, The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
13:45 - 14:15
Panel Group Discussion: PPDs in Fertilizers Value Chains
Wilfred Thembo, Secretariat, National Fertilizer Platform of Uganda

Carlos Zandamela, President, Mozambican Association for Fertilizers (AMOFERT)

Dr Pieter Haumann, CEO, Fertilizer Association of Southern Africa (FERTASA)

14:15 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:15
Regional Roundtable Discussions and Presentations
Nana-Aisha Mohammed, West Africa Program Implementation Lead and Ghana Country Manager, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Sergio Ussaca, Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Wilfred Thembo, Secretariat, National Fertilizer Platform of Uganda
15:15 - 15:45
Report back from Regional Groups
15:45 - 15:50
Next Steps and Closing Remarks

15:50 - 17:00
Soil Science and Specialty Fertilizer Forum

15:50 - 16:10
Shrimp shell based Biofertilizer/Biopesticide turnkey/low budget and modular processing for SME organic farming
Dr. Pedram Dehdari, Managing Director, Ensymm UG&Co.KG

16:10 - 16:30
The importance of considering boron and other micronutrients in agricultural productivity and nutrition
Dr. Cleiton de Sequeira, Global Market Development Manager – Agriculture, U.S. Borax / Rio Tinto
16:30 - 17:00
Increasing nutrient use efficiency by using controlled release fertilizers
Sander Selten, Regional business lead NW Europe + MEA, ICL Specialty Fertilizers

17:00 - 18:00
Fertilizer Innovation Showcase

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

17:00 - 17:20
Conveyor system innovation in fertilizer production and handling
T.G. Krishnan, Director Marketing, Global Conveyor Systems Pvt. Ltd

17:20 - 17:40
Going digital with fertilizer
Brett Binnekade, Systems Engineer, Festo / Bagtech
17:40 - 18:00
A holistic, waste recycling system for organic fertilizer production
Eytan Bar, CEO, Guangzhou EWA Technologies

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
The importance of agribusiness and building partnerships to the Western Cape
H.E. Ivan Meyer, Minister, Western Cape Department of Agriculture

09:40 - 10:00
Developing Fertilizer Systems to improve last- mile delivery
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
Bringing agricultural extension services to smallholder farmers in Southern Africa: The Meridian experience


Chris Giannakis, co-CEO, Meridian Group

11:20 - 11:40
The Dangote Fertilizer Case study
Rakesh Nagpal, GM Marketing and Sales, Dangote Fertilizer Ltd.
11:40 - 12:00
Investment perspectives on African fertilizer


Kalim Shah, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)
12:00 - 12:20
UFCL business development in South-Eastern Africa
Maksim Poltoradnev, Marketing Director, United Fertilizers Company Limited

14:00 - 15:30
Session 3: Agribusiness perspectives

14:00 - 14:20
The challenges faced in African agriculture and need for holistic approach to solutions
Omri van Zyl, Executive Director, Agri SA

14:20 - 14:40
South African Agriculture and Agribusiness: Challenges and opportunities in a VUCA world
Dr. John Purchase, CEO, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)
14:40 - 15:00
Innovating the future of agriculture today with lessons from the past
Frans du Plessis, Managing Director, GWK Agri
15:00 - 15:30
Developing nitrogen fertiliser management strategies for wheat and canola under conservation agriculture practices in the Western Cape
Johan Labuschagne, Researcher: RTD - Plant Sciences, Western Cape Department of Agriculture

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

16:00 - 16:20
The AFAP BTS Unit: Facilitating Business and Technical Solutions for Fertilizer SMEs
Joseph Mwangangi, Head of Business and Technical, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)

16:20 - 16:40
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
16:40 - 17:00
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
17:00 - 17:20
Road Map for Agro dealer development Agenda in Southern Africa
Luambo Munzhedzi, Chairperson, Agro Dealers Association of South Africa (ADASA)

09:20 - 10:20
Session 5: Fertilizer and Agribusiness Investment


09:20 - 09:50
IDC: Developing the African Fertiliser Value Chain
Ntokozo Tshabalala, Senior Project Development Manager, Basic & Specialty Chemicals, Industrial Development Corporation of SA Limited (IDC)

09:50 - 10:20
The Cape Economy: Investing in the Western Cape
Amanda Tshaya, Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit, Wesgro

10:50 - 12:30
Session 6: 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
Update on key fertilizer production projects across Africa
Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist and AfricaFertilizer.Org Coordinator, IFDC
11:30 - 11:50
Local fertilizer production from renewable energy
Ralph Koekkoek, Project Development Manager, Met Development (Maire Tecnimont)
11:50 - 12:10
Enhancements in Fertilizer Blending Automation Intelligence
Jeff Ivan, Director - International Sales, AGI Fertilizer Systems

13:30 - 14:30
Session 7: Regional perspectives on boosting trade

13:30 - 13:50
Efficient logistics: using the existing value chain to ease the transport of agricommodities
Mari Pennanen, Chief Business Development Officer, DSM Corridor Group

13:50 - 14:10
Positioning Namibia as Alternate Trade Route for SADC
Gilbert Boois, Project Manager: Spatial Development Initiatives, Walvis Bay Corridor Group
14:10 - 14:30
Improved water use with irrigation systems for increased agricultural productivity
Felix Reinders, Chair, Agricultural Water Chain, SWPN and Manager, ARC-Agricultural Engineering