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09:00 - 17:30
Workshop Day


Youth and women in Agribusiness Workshop

  • Encouraging agri-entrepreneurship and youth enrolment in agri-incubators
  • Capacity development through affirmative policy development
  • Inclusive procurement policies
  • Promote greater participation and capacity development around the engagement of Africa’s women and youth in the agriculture/ agribusiness value chain


Farmer training techniques for agro-dealers
  • Commercialization
  • Ensuring ROI
  • Demonstrations approach
  • Community outreach
  • Development of cooperatives


Understanding West African soils and their nutrient needs
  • Soil mapping to update fertilizer recommendations
  • Creating a network of laboratories to process data
  • Applying innovative new technologies to increase efficiency

Innovation in African agribusiness
  • Use of irrigation systems and precision farming
  • Leveraging technology: drones, GIS, mobile telephony –to boost output
  • Development of services providers to affordably expand the provision of mechanization services

Agricultural Input policy development
  • Harmonization of fertilizer regulations and policies
  • Quality testing capacity and certification
  • Enforcement of regulations and Licensing of traders
  • Subsidization strategies



09:00 - 10:30
Keynote Session: Reaching West Africa’s Agribusiness Potential

Hear from the leading government policy makers in the region and the global fertilizer industry players that are looking to partner in this market.



09:00 - 09:30
Agriculture as an engine for West African development
09:30 - 10:00
The importance of agribusiness to Ghana’s economic and social development
10:00 - 10:30
Transformative changes to West African agriculture

11:00 - 12:40
Session 2: Fertilizer’s role in West Africa Agribusiness development

Private sector perspectives on the importance of partnership, investment and innovation in fertilizer production and trade to support the region’s agribusiness goals.

11:00 - 11:20
West Africa as a base for investment in fertilizer production
11:20 - 11:40
The importance of fertilizer as a catalyst for West African agribusiness
11:40 - 12:00
Improving supply chains into West Africa’s agricultural regions to build
12:00 - 12:20
Building National Fertilizer Systems and Agro-dealer Networks in West Africa
12:20 - 12:40
Overview of international fertilizer markets: Global supply and demand dynamics

14:10 - 14:30
Highlight Presentation

Challenges and opportunities facing farmers and agribusiness development in West Africa
A leading international agribusiness player gives their perspectives on the challenges being faced “on the ground”.



14:30 - 15:30
Session 3: Cocoa Focus Forum

West African countries collectively supply two thirds of the world's cocoa crop. This session will explore practical advice on how the fertilizer industry players can support the development of this key industry for the region.  

16:00 - 17:00
Session 4: Plugging the finance gap: mechanisms for projects and trade

This session will discuss the financing tools that are available to enable fertilizer trade and investment in the agribusiness value chain. Leading financial institutions will provide insights on their solutions and case studies of where they have been applied.

  • Exploring the need for affordable finance for farmers and agribusiness SMEs using innovative products including insurance, guarantees, shared risk facilities, microfinance and lease financing
  • Using technology to expand access through mobile banking development



17:00 - 18:00
Session 5: Realizing West Africa’s rice promise

  • Feeding West Africa’s increasing population
  • Practical advice on how the region can boost rice related agribusiness



09:00 - 10:00
Session 6: Public Private Partnership as a tool to boost fertilizer value chains

  • Building strong agribusiness/SME partnerships with PPP’s in West Africa
  • Government /private sector for accelerated investment to support access to fertilizer and other inputs by African smallholder farmers



10:00 - 11:00
Session 7: Nigeria Fertilizer Production Focus

Nigeria is now becoming established as a global hub for ammonia and urea production. This session will explore the strategies being pursued by the main players in that market.

  • Hear from petrochemical companies that are developing fertilizer production facilities.
  • What are the challenges and opportunities around developing large, capital intensive projects in Nigeria?


11:30 - 12:00
Highlight presentation: Case study of a West African agribusiness success story

Hear from a local company that have used partnership, investment and innovation to make an impact on global agribusiness trade. 

12:00 - 13:00
Session 9: West Africa Phosphate Production

West Africa is rich in phosphate resources, with numerous projects under development in Togo, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon and Senegal. This session will explore the current market conditions for rock phosphates and the challenges and opportunities associated with advancing projects in this region.

  • Hear from exploration and development companies that are building new mines.
  • What innovative financing solutions have been applied to fast track mine development?


14:30 - 15:30
Session 10: Shipping, Blending, bagging and distribution in West Africa

Increasing competition among importers of fertilizers and developing networks of warehouses, blenders, baggers and distributors is a vital part of the fertilizer supply value chain. This session will explore where investment is taking place and how this part of the agribusiness sector can be further developed.

  • Identifying bottlenecks in the supply chain for fertilizers from the port to the farm gate 
  • 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


16:30 - 17:30
Session 11: Panel discussion: Reducing Postharvest loss and developing Agro-Industry

How can Africa scale up innovations in agro-processing to reduce waste and create economic prosperity? This session will look further downstream at the bottlenecks that prevent demand growth.

  • Increasing investment in connecting farmers with markets
  • Financing solutions for Developing infrastructure/ storage technology
  • Capacity and skills development for agribusiness operations


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