11 September - 13 September 2019
Nairobi, Kenya

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa

  • 16:00
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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 17:00
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  • 18:00
  • Ice-breaker round table groups

Join a group of your peers for some informal discussions to kick off the event. This is a great way to meet people if you are a first-time attendee and to hear other perspectives on timely issues.

  1. Open discussion: What do you want to achieve at the conference?
  2. Overcoming logistical and financial barriers to growth in Kenya
  3. “Climate smart agriculture” and the role of specialty fertilizer products
  4. A multi-stake holder approach to increasing agricultural productivity with balanced fertilizers - Wesley Rotich, Director, Paksons Enterprises
  5. What are the agronomic and commercial benefits of AVFs in Africa 
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Welcome drinks reception - sponsored by Koch Agronomic Services
Join your fellow attendees for a drink in an informal setting before the main event kicks off.
  • 08:30
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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Mike Nash - Editor Phosphates and Fertilizer Content Development
  • 09:10
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  • 09:30
  • Opening address Hon. Christophe Bazivamo - Deputy Secretary General, East African Community Secretariat
  • 09:30
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  • 09:55
  • How are macro-economic trends influencing the agriculture sector and impacting fertilizer demand in the region? Mike Nash - Editor Phosphates and Fertilizer Content Development, Argus
  • Considering the macro-economic factors driving demand for agricultural products in Africa
  • Assessing current agricultural production trends by crop type and region
  • Examining high value crop production in East Africa and the need for specialty fertilizer solutions
  • 09:55
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  • 10:20
  • Protecting your nitrogen – A must for African farmers John Hassell - Customer Support Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa, Koch Agronomic Services
  • Defining sources of nitrogen loss
  • What causes nitrogen loss
  • Protecting your nitrogen from loss
  • Increasing fields, increasing profits
  • 10:20
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  • 10:45
  • Keynote: Developments in the fertilizer industry in Kenya – challenges and opportunities for AVFs Eustace Muriuki - Managing Director, MEA and Chairman, Fertilizer Association of Kenya (FAK)
  • A look at fertilizer consumption trends: how does it differ between commercial farmers and small-holder farmers?
  • Fertilizer demand in relation to crop type and environmental conditions
  • Considering regulatory developments, subsidies and impact on the market
  • Assessing current transport and storage infrastructure
  • 10:45
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  • 11:00
  • Interactive Q&A with speakers Powered by SLIDO - sponsored by Actagro
  • 11:00
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  • 11:45
  • Morning break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:10
  • Evaluating balanced fertilizer solutions: From soil analysis to application in the field Bernard Vanlauwe - Director R4D, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, IITA
  • Assessing nutrient deficiencies with the latest soil analysis tools to develop efficient and effective fertilizer solutions
  • How can specialty products meet nutritional requirements and improve crop health and yields?
  • How can balanced fertilizer be promoted at scale?
  • 12:10
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  • 12:35
  • The evolving role of agro-dealers and the promotion of added value products James Mutonyi - Managing Director, AGMARK
  • Why are agro-dealers so important?
  • What role do they play in promoting products and educating farmers?
  • What challenges do they face in meeting the requirements of small holder farmers?
  • 12:35
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  • 12:50
  • Interactive Q&A with speakers Powered by SLIDO - sponsored by Actagro
  • 12:50
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  • 14:20
  • Lunch
  • 14:30
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  • 14:55
  • Case study: The floriculture industry in Kenya and the importance of specialty fertilizers Clement Tulezi - Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council (KFC)
  • Consumption trends and demand drivers for fertilizers from flower production
  • How important are tailored fertilizer solutions to the expanding flower production sector in Kenya?
  • What lessons have been learnt and can be shared with fertilizer suppliers and other sectors?
 
  • 14:55
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  • 15:45
  • Panel discussion: Fertilizer developments in Africa and exploring the role of specialty fertilizers in improving crop yields and quality Panellists include - Chemagro & One Acre Fund
  • Assessing demand for fertilizers in different markets
  • Exploring evolving fertilizer solutions for a changing environment
  • The potential impact of specialty fertilizers on agriculture in Africa

Agnes Ngare, Fertilizer Supply Chain Lead, One Acre Fund
Henry Ogola, Managing Director, Chemagro

  • 15:45
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  • 16:10
  • Data driven fertilizers, the art of soil mapping Jeremy Cordingley - Soil Scientist and Agronomist, Cropnuts
  • Regional soil mapping showing gaps
  • Fertilizer trials to validate recommendations
  • Crop suitability and requirements
  • A data driven approach to meet region & crop specific needs
  • (Specialty) fertilizers filling the nutrient and health gaps
  • 16:10
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  • 16:40
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:40
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  • 18:00
  • Round table discussions

Your chance to talk through shared issues and exchange knowledge with colleagues working in the same field. Choose a topic, which is relevant to you, and join in the moderated discussion with a round table leader:

  1. Micronutrients and potentials for agronomic biofortification in SSA - Job Kihara, Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  2. Biostimulants in Africa – what are the steps to bring a product to market?
  3. The impact of soil acidity on crop productivity and soil nutrient availability - Shamie Zingore, Director,  APNI
  4. Assessing the current use of water soluble fertilizers and foliar and irrigation application - Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia, Chief Agronomist, Africa, ICL Fertilizers
  5. Training of fertilizer handlers, agro-dealers and growers about AVFs
 
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Evening drinks reception
  • 09:00
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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Mike Nash - Editor Phosphates and Fertilizer Content Development, Argus
  • 09:30
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  • 09:55
  • The vital role of micronutrients for enhancing agricultural productivity in Africa John Wendt - Deputy Director, Field Research, IFDC
  • Evaluating and mapping micronutrient deficiencies and assessing the reasons for low responses and variations among crops
  • Blending micronutrients with primary nutrients to ensure a balanced approach
  • Next steps for increasing micronutrient use in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The need for policy support for further research into the deficiencies and current use of micronutrients
 
  • 09:55
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  • 10:20
  • Agronomic bio-fortification: profitability and plant quality effects Job Kihara - Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
 
  • 10:20
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  • 10:45
  • Biostimulants focus: Assessing the costs and agronomic and commercial benefits for growers in Africa
  • Global overview –  a look at product developments and demand trends
  • A series of case studies from Africa and lessons learned
  • Evaluating the ROI for using biostimulants across the supply chain
  • How biostimulants can boost the performance of your added value fertilizers
  • 10:45
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  • 11:00
  • Interactive Q&A with speakers Powered by SLIDO - sponsored by Actagro
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Morning break
  • 11:30
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  • 11:55
  • Evaluating the benefits of controlled release fertilizers (CRFs) Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia - Chief Agronomist, Africa, ICL Fertilizers
  • Sharing lessons learnt from open field application of CRFs in Africa
  • CRF products as an alternative when irrigation equipment is not available
  • The application of CRFs in East Africa – examples and case studies
  • 11:55
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  • 12:20
  • Evaluating the advances in enhanced efficiency phosphate technology and impact on crop production Kent Lambden - Vice President, Global Business Development & Strategy, Actagro
  • Opportunities to greatly enhance phosphate efficiency compared to traditional sources, particularly in drip and other irrigation systems
  • Unique technologies allowing for the elimination of phosphate soil tie-up
  • Market differentiation and value-add opportunity with a globally unique liquid phosphate product
  • Can we enhance the efficiency of dry phosphates such as MAP/DAP/SSP?
 
  • 12:20
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  • 12:30
  • Interactive Q&A with speaker Powered by SLIDO - sponsored by Actagro
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:25
  • A grower’s perspective on balanced fertilization and the use of specialty fertilizers to improve ROI Daniel Gad - Owner, Omega Farms
  • 14:25
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  • 14:50
  • Tackling the effects of soil acidity on nutrient use efficiency
  • Soil acidity – what causes it and why is it important to address?
  • The importance of soil analysis as a means of identifying the problem and of determining lime and gypsum requirements
  • Using GPS and computer mapping techniques to manage variability in soil acidity and other soil fertility factors
  • 15:20
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  • End of conference