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14:00 - 15:00
Workshop 1: 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



Speaker:
Eugene Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer, Regional Office for Africa, FAO
Derrick Tuffour-Mills, West Africa Agronomist, Yara
Prof. Victor O. Chude, President, Soil Science Society of Nigeria and Head Agric. Productivity Enhancement, National Programme for Foo

15:00 - 16:00
Workshop 2 – West African Cash crop development

-          Market outlooks

-          Economies of scale

-          Input requirements

-          Marketing African cash crops



Speaker:
Dr Komlan Wegbe, Director, Inter African Coffee Organisation (IACO)

16:30 - 17:30
Workshop 3 - 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



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
Speaker:
Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Chairman, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)

09:30 - 10:00
Speaker:
Tchambacou Ayassor, Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
10:00 - 10:30
Transformative changes to West African agriculture
Speaker:
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of Ghana

11:00 - 13:00
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
Speaker:
Onajite Okoloko, Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Notore Chemical Industries Plc

11:20 - 11:40
The importance of fertilizer as a catalyst for West African agribusiness
Speaker:
Danquah Addo-Yobo, Managing Director, Yara Ghana
11:40 - 12:00
Goals and targets of the West African Fertilizer Association
Speaker:
Innocent Okuku, Head, Marketing and Agricultural Services, The West African Fertilizer Association
12:00 - 12:20
Building National Fertilizer Systems and Agro-dealer Networks in West Africa
Speaker:
Jason Scarpone, President and CEO, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
12:20 - 13:00
Overview of international fertilizer markets: Global supply and demand dynamics
Speaker:
Peter Heffernan, Head of Fertilizers & Chemicals, CRU Group

15:00 - 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.  

Moderator:
Suzanne Ngo-Eyok, Director, Global Livelihoods Program, World Cocoa Foundation
Speaker:
Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board

15:30 - 16:00
Highlight Presentation: Realizing West Africa’s rice promise

-          Feeding West Africa’s increasing population

-          Practical advice on how the region can boost rice related agribusiness




Speaker:
Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice

16:00 - 17:00
Session 4: Innovation in West African Agribusiness

A discussion of how ICT solutions can be applied to both the fertilizer supply chain and West African agribusiness development.



Moderator:
Samuel Amanor, CEO, BlueSPACE
Speaker:
Abdulhameed Abubakar, Director, Consumer & TMT sector, Africa Practice

09:00 - 10:30
Investment Day Keynote Session

Speaker:
Alain Sy Traore, Director of Agriculture, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

09:00 - 09:30
Speaker:
Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank (AfDB)

09:30 - 10:00
Speaker:
Henry Kerali, Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, World Bank
10:00 - 10:30
Speaker:
Alain Sy Traore, Director of Agriculture, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Presentation

Speaker:
Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank (AfDB)

10:00 - 11:00
Session 6: 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?


Speaker:
Dr Balbir Singh, Head of Agronomy and Development, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals
Gideon Negedu, Executive Secretary, FEPSAN
Aliyu Suleiman, Strategy Lead, Dangote Group

12:00 - 13:00
Session 7: Plugging the finance gap: mechanisms for projects and trade

-          Financing tools to enable fertilizer trade and investment in the agribusiness value chain

-          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




Speaker:
Andrew Ahiaku, Head of Agribusiness, Retail & Business Banking Dept, Barclays

14:30 - 15:30
Session 8: 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.



Speaker:
Michael Zormelo, Managing Director, Omnifert, Ghana
Chris Leonard, Commercial Manager, Nectar Group
Ousmane Sibide, CEO, SOGEFERT

16:00 - 17:00
Session 9: Panel discussion: Reducing Postharvest Loss - Developing Agro-Industry

How can Africa scale up innovations in agro-processing to reduce waste and create economic prosperity? 

  • Increase investment
  • Developing infrastructure / storage technology
  • Financing
  • Capacity and skills development


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