27 February - 01 March 2019
Marrakech, Morocco

Argus Africa Fertilizer

  • 09:00
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  • 18:00
  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 18:15
  • Side Meetings - By invitation only
09:00 – 15:00 AFFM Governing Council Meeting
15:30 – 17:30 IFA Africa Forum
17:30 – 18:15 Africafertilizer.org Partners Meeting
  • 09:30
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  • 16:30
  • Site visit
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  • 12:30
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  • 14:30
  • Light lunch for all delegates
  • 17:30
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  • 18:00
  • Speed-Networking

Bring your business cards for this session of rapid meetings – you will have 2 mins to speak to each participant before moving on to the next person every time the bell rings

  • 17:30
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  • 18:30
  • Roundtable discussions
1. West Africa fertilizer market – Opportunities and challenges in the region
2. East and Southern Africa fertilizer markets – Assessing growth potential and rise of specialty fertilizers
3. Assessing micronutrient deficiencies and growth prospects in the region
4. The market potential for biostimulants in Africa
5. Improving nutrient use efficiency – A look at the move from bulk to added value products
6. Holistic soil fertility management to boost agricultural yields
7. The important role of agrodealers in last mile delivery models to improve accessibility to fertilizers
  • 18:30
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  • 2:30
  • Opening cocktail reception
Kick off the event with an evening of refreshments and networking with your fellow delegates in an informal setting within the grounds of the Four Season Resort
  • 08:30
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  • 18:30
  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:15
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Lauren Williamson - SVP, Fertilizers, Argus
  • 09:15
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  • 09:30
  • Conference welcome H.E. Josefa Sacko - Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union
  • 09:30
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  • 09:15
  • Opening address
Reserved for the Ministry of Agriculture
  • 09:45
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  • 10:05
  • Keynote presentation: Fulfilling Africa’s agricultural potential through market development and enhanced fertilizer use efficiency Senior representative - OCP Africa
  • 09:50
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  • 10.40
  • Panel: Closing the yield gap in Africa: Investing in soil health and fertilizers
Moderated by: Rob Groot, Director, Global Field Programs, IFDC
Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice
Martin Fregene, Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank
  • 10:45
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  • 11:25
  • Morning break
  • 11:30
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  • 11:50
  • Africa in the global context: An update on fertilizer supply and demand dynamics in Africa Mike Nash - Editor, Phosphates, Argus
- Global developments and regional impact
- N, P and K supply dynamics and new capacity
- Challenges for meeting demand in Sub-Saharan Africa
- The rise of NPKs in the region

  • 11:50
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  • 12:10
  • Sub-Saharan Africa fertilizer consumption trends and outlook for 2019-2020 Patrick Heffer - Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
  • 12:10
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  • 12:30
  • Investing in R&D and knowledge transfer to meet the needs of farmers across Africa
  • 12:35
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  • 12:50
  • Joint speaker Q&A
  • 12:50
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  • 14:20
  • Lunch
  • 14:20
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  • 15:20
  • Panel – African production developments to meet regional demand: Investment and growth plans
- Assessing new investment in fertilizer production
- The potential for new regional capacity to fulfil local demand
- Closing the gap with increased intra-regional trade and a robust supply chain

Moderated by Aida Idrissi, Principal Consulting, Fertilizers, Argus
Panellists include: Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama
  • 15:00
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  • 15:40
  • Creating an enabling environment to boost fertilizer value chain development
- How government interventions impact on the fertilizer sector in Africa
- Improving access to market information of availability and cost of fertilizers
- Developing markets with a robust supply chain and high quality, affordable fertilizers

Panelists include:
Carlos Zandamela, President, AMOFERT
Dr Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Elizabeth Nsimadala, Board Member, Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) and Regional President, The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Munhamo Chisvo, Chief Executive Officer, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • 15:40
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  • 16:20
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:20
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  • 16:50
  • Exploring financial models to improve affordability and increase access to fertilizers in Africa

- Innovative financing models for sustainable growth
- Prospects for private sector investment

Marie Claire Kalihangabo, AFFM Coordinator, Africa Development Bank
Nassirou Ba, Economic Affairs Officer, UNECA


  • 16:50
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  • 17:30
  • Panel: Evaluating the benefits of adopting a value chain approach to agribusiness
  • 17:30
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  • 17:40
  • Chair's closing remarks
  • 18:30
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  • 22:00
  • Gala dinner sponsored by OCP Africa

Working group A

Start End
  • 09:30
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  • 11.00
  • Changing trends in the African NPK market Mike Nash - Editor, Phosphates, Argus
Participants will gain insight into:
- Imports and trade flows to meet African demand
- Assessing drivers for changing consumption trends
- Exploring new regional capacity and growth opportunities

Working group B

Start End
  • 09:30
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  • 11:00
  • Improving distribution: Exploring practical solutions to transportation and logistics challenges in the supply chain Julia Franklin - Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
Participants will gain insight into:
- Major trade corridors and transportation hubs
- Investing in infrastructure and distribution networks
- Opportunities to lower costs across the supply chain

Working group C

Start End
  • 11:30
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  • 13:00
  • Sharing best practices for nutrient use efficiency and the application of added value fertilizers in Africa Dr Bernard Van Lauwe - Director R4D, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, IITA
Participants will gain insight into:
- Improving nutrient use efficiency with AVF products
- Achieving balanced fertilization with soil analysis and 4R principals
- Assessing the range of products available and cost implications

Working group D

Start End
  • 11:30
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  • 13:00
  • Exploring models to provide more sustainable financing across the supply chain
Participants will gain insight into:
- Update on the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism
- Innovative financing models for sustainable growth
- Prospects for private sector investment