18 September - 20 September 2018
Cape Town, South Africa

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Africa 2018

Tuesday 18 September

Start End
  • 16.00
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  • 18.00
  • Registration and Exhibition Opens
  • 17.00
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  • 18.00
  • Speed Networking

Make new connections in an hour during this high impact session! Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared for 2 minute conversations before the bell rings and you meet someone new. This is a great way to kick off the conference. You will have the rest of the event to follow up on the most valuable contacts that you made during the speed networking session.

  • 18.00
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  • 20.00
  • Opening Drinks Reception

Wednesday 19 September

Start End
  • 08.20
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  • 18.00
  • Registration and Exhibition Opens
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chair's opening remarks Adrian Stubbs - Principal, Fertilizers, Argus
  • 09.30
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  • 09.50
  • Defining the Terminology for Added Value and Specialty Fertilizers and Assessing the Global and Regional Market Adrian Stubbs - Principal, Fertilizers, Argus
- Defining product categories
- Evaluating markets and drivers for added value fertilizers
- Tailoring the product offering, distribution and marketing
  • 09.50
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  • 10.10
  • Understanding the Economic and Environmental Drivers for Improving Efficiency across Agriculture Wessel Lemmer - Senior Agricultural Economist, ABSA Agribusiness
- Economic outlook for agriculture
- Considering the macro-economic drivers
- Agricultural production opportunities
  • 10.10
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  • 10.30
  • Balanced Fertilizer Solutions for Smallholder Farmers John Wendt - Deputy Director, Field Research, IFDC
- Soil analysis and mapping: Understanding nutrient deficiencies to develop efficient and effective fertilizers 
- Developing a balanced nutrient programme to obtain optimal yields
- Assessing the roles of public and private sector players across the sector
  • 10.30
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  • 10.50
  • Joint Speaker Q&A and Interactive Audience Polling
  • 10.50
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  • 11.20
  • Morning Break
  • 11.20
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  • 11.50
  • Fertilizer Developments in Africa and Exploring the Role of Specialty Fertilizers in Improving Crop Yields and Quality Shamie Zingore - Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI

- Exploring evolving fertilizer solutions for a changing environment
- The potential impact of specialty fertilizers on agriculture in Africa

  • 11.50
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  • 12.10
  • South Africa Perspectives from Agrodealers to Farm Gate Luambo Munzhedzi - Chairperson, Agro Dealers Association of South Africa (ADASA)
- Examining Domestic Trends 
- How Demand for Specialty Fertilizers is Evolving
 
  • 12.10
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  • 12.30
  • Outlook for Specialty Fertilizers in Sub-Saharan Africa Hugo Opperman - Head Chemist, MBFI
- New products to improve yields to meet growing populations
- Assessing current product availability and use by country
- Insights from 7000+ field trials into the efficiency and efficacy of specialty products
  • 12.30
  • -
  • 13.00
  • Joint Speaker Q&A and Interactive Audience Polling
  • 13.00
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  • 14.30
  • Lunch
  • 14.30
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  • 15.10
  • Panel Discussion: How Can Added Value Fertilizers be Part of the Solution in Africa’s Green Revolution?

- What role will specialty and enhanced efficiency fertilizers play in the future?
- How can affordability and accessibility to added value products be improved?
- What are farmer and agrodealer perceptions of new products and how they can be distributed?

Moderated by Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
Luambo Munzhedzi, Chairperson, Agro Dealers Association of South Africa (ADASA)
Kent Lambden, Vice President, Global Business Development & Strategy, Actagro

 

 

 
  • 15:10
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  • 15:30
  • Addressing the “affordability” challenge – what financing options are available to improve access to added value fertilizers? Marie Claire Kalihangabo - Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism
  • 15.30
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  • 15.50
  • Improving Fertilizer Efficiency of N (urea) and P (DAP) in the Context of Sub Sahara Africa Soils Dirk Schröder - Technical Manager Europe/Africa, Verdesian
  • 15.50
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  • 16.00
  • Joint Speaker Q&A
  • 16.00
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  • 16.30
  • Break
  • 16.30
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  • 17.30
  • Round Table Discussions

Your chance to talk through shared issues and exchange knowledge with colleagues working in the same field.

 Choose a topic, and join in the moderated discussion with a round table leader:

1) Increasing nutrient use efficiency by using controlled release fertilizers - Robin Barnard, Chief Technical Advisor, FERTASA
2) Adopting new approaches to precision farming to improve overall agricultural productivity - Chris Schmidt, Agronomist/Soil Scientist, Sidi Fertilizer Company
3) How fertilizer technologies can feed the world in a sustainable way - Mauricio Medici, Licensing Manager, Stamicarbon
4) Assessing the marketing potential and opportunities for specialty products in West Africa - Senior Representative, WAFA
5) Biostimulants – How they are being used globally and their market potential in Africa
6) Communicating the benefits of AVF products to agrodealers and farmers - Hugo Opperman, Head Chemist, MBFi



 

 

  • 18.00
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  • 20.00
  • Drinks Reception

Thursday 20 September

Start End
  • 08.40
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  • 13.00
  • Registration Desk and Exhibition Opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chair's opening remarks Pieter Haumann - CEO, FERTASA
  • 09.30
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  • 10.00
  • Recap of the Round Table Discussions
A summary of the Wednesday afternoon discussions and key take-aways from each table leader - Hear about the topics you missed
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • Increasing fertilizer use efficiency with advanced application methods and farmer training in Africa Balbir Singh - Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama Fertilizers
  • 10.00
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  • 10.20
  • Increasing the Value of Precision Farming – a Short Perspective from Outside the Box Chris Schmidt - Agronomist/Soil Scientist, Sidi Fertilizer Company
- Evaluating precision farming approaches as it is practiced in South Africa from a fertilization viewpoint
- Highlighting scientific building blocks to consider and utilize during soil data evaluation, map settings and nutritional recommendations
- Suggesting options to consider for better results
 
  • 10.20
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  • 10.40
  • Assessing the Current Use and potential growth of Micronutrients in Sub-Saharan Africa Job Kihara - Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • 10.40
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  • 11.00
  • Challenges for Specialty Fertilizers in Africa Nils Berger - Senior Advisory Global R&D Premium Products, Eurochem
  • 11.00
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  • 11.20
  • Joint Speaker Q&A with Interactive Polling Technology
  • 11.20
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  • 11.50
  • Break
  • 11.50
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  • 12.10
  • Evaluating the Benefits of Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRFs) for African Soils Michael Koch - Agronomist, Haifa
- Sharing lessons learnt from open field application of CRFs in Africa
- CRF products as an alternative when irrigation equipment or application equipment for water-soluble speciality fertilizers are not available
 
  • 12:10
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  • 12:30
  • Developments in water solubles and biostimulants in the global and African context Steven Oosthuyse - General Manager, HortResearch SA
- The benefits of water solubles to small holder and commercial farmers
- Comparing global and regional trends in the application of biostimulants
- Considering the important role of dealers in promoting new products
  • 12.30
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  • 13.00
  • Joint Speaker Q&A and Closing Remarks
  • 13.00
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  • 14.00
  • Lunch and End of Conference