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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

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

Dr. Babafemi Oyewole, Managing Director/CEO, African Agribusiness Alliance
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

Lizzy Igbine, National President, Nigerian Women Agro Allied Farmers Association
Peter Kuria Githinji, Director of Business Development and Strategy, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)
Philip Boakye, Communication Lead, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) Global Coordination Unit

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

09:30 - 10:00
Tchambakou Ayassor, Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

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.

Jennifer Willis Jones, Ammonia and Nitrates Markets Editor, CRU

11:00 - 11:20
West Africa as a base for investment in fertilizer production
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
Danquah Addo-Yobo, Managing Director, Yara Ghana
11:40 - 12:00
Goals and targets of the West African Fertilizer Association
Innocent Okuku, Vice President, The West African Fertilizer Association
12:00 - 12:20
Building National Fertilizer Systems and Agro-dealer Networks in West Africa
Pierre Brunache Jr, Chief Agribusiness Officer, The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
12:20 - 12:40
Overview of international fertilizer markets: Global supply and demand dynamics
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.  

Suzanne Ngo-Eyok, Director, Global Livelihoods Program, World Cocoa Foundation
Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board
Fatima Ali, President, Kuapa Kokoo

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

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.

Samuel Amanor, CEO, BlueSPACE
Worlali Senyo, Director of Growth, Research and Development, Farmerline
Esi Sekyiamah, , eSoko
Abdulhameed Abubakar, Director, Consumer & TMT sector, Africa Practice

09:00 - 10:30
Investment Day Keynote Session

Sean Mulholland, Senior Consultant, CRU

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

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

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?

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

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

Henry Shirazu Alhassan, Director, Corporate Planning and Communications, Ghana Export Import Bank
Dr. Alex Ariho, Chief Executive Officer, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)
Andrew Ahiaku, Head of Agribusiness, Retail & Business Banking Dept, Barclays
Francis Owiredu, Deputy CEO, Advans Ghana

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.

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

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

Tom Gambrah, Managing Director, Premium Foods
Alain Boussou Eba, Head of Suppliers Development, Nestle
Charles Nornoo, Project Co-ordinator, Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project, Ministry of Food and Agriculture