19 February - 21 February 2020
Cape Town, South Africa

Argus Africa Fertilizer

  • 08:00
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  • 17:00
  • Jorf Lasfar site visit

The OCP Jorf Lasfar chemical platform is the largest fertilizer complex in the world.

With JFC 2, the African Fertilizer Complex, the JFC 3, and the JFC 4 production unit brought fertilizer production capacity to 12 million metric tons per year in 2018, making OCP the largest fertilizer exporter in the world. 

Connected to the Slurry Pipeline, JFC 4 will be fully integrated and have its own thermoelectric plant. These plants not only make Jorf Lasfar completely energy self-sufficient, they also create an energy surplus that fuels the complex’s sea water desalination station. 

 
  • 09:00
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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 17:30
  • Side Meetings - By invitation only
09:00 – 15:00 AFFM Governing Council Meeting
15:30 – 17:30 IFA Africa Forum

  • 07:45
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  • 12:30
  • Site visit to the Benguerir Mine and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P)

7:00 Depart from Four Seasons Marrakech

Benguerir Mine 

Benguerir mine is an open-pit phosphate mine located in the Western part of the Gantour deposit.

Since 1965, the site has been the subject of a series of reconnaissance and upgrading geological surveys so much so that the site development plan has been designed to allow a progressive extension of the production capacity. After extraction, the production at Benguerir is carried on trucks and trains either to the chemical industries operations in Safi or to the treatment plant in Youssoufia

Followed by:

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P)

Founded for research purposes, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University based in Benguerir is an exceptional environment for state-of-the-art training and academic excellence. 
Open to the business world, the University focuses its higher education model entirely on innovation and experimentation and turned towards Africa, which aims to place among the universally recognized universities in these fields.

Transport will be provided.

  • 12:30
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  • 14:30
  • Light lunch for all delegates
  • 14:30
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  • 18:30
  • Al Moutmir site visit

"AL MOUTMIR" program conveys OCP's commitment to the development of a prosperous and sustainable agriculture. This program includes a multitude of offers, services and solutions best in class deployed closer to farmers.

Centered on the farmer as a real agent of change, "AL MOUTMIR" is an agile and integrated program that translates the OCP offer based on extension services driven by a scientific approach and innovation. It includes, mobile operating soil analysis laboratories deployed in the various provinces supported by the program, a demonstration platform program, and training sessions on best agricultural practices. « Al Moutmir »  is carried by a team of agricultural engineers established permanently in more than 30 provinces in the Kingdom. The ICT are at the heart of all the initiatives as a key lever to foster agriculture transformation.

Schedule:
  • Reception / exchange with the teams and video presentation of the Al Moutmir program
  • Visit of the "knowledge of soil needs" space: soil sampling workshops, itinerant soil analysis laboratory, explanations of soil analyzes, presentation of the soil fertility map and recommendations for fertilization
  • Visit of the audiovisual projection area: didactic videos developed for the benefit of the farmer (reasoned fertilization, soil analyzes ...)
  • Visit of the product area: presentation of the partnership OCP / partner producers and distributors of fertilizer, presentation of the blending process and exchange with distributors + exhibition products 

  • Visit of the "digital technology at the service of farmers » space: presentation of new technologies such as SoilOptix, presentation of the profitability simulator, retrospective of previous editions of the device 
  • Visit of the space « outreach team »: meeting and exchange with the team of the agronomists engineers, presentation of the demonstration platform device

  • Production demonstration of adapted NPKs from the Smart Blender (NPK fertilizer production unit): presentation of the on-board fertilization recommendation tool, demonstration of production of NPK adapted on site
     
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • 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
Choose from one of the topics below and join an interactive session while meeting fellow delegates who share your interests:

1. West Africa fertilizer market – Opportunities and challenges in the region
Innocent Okuku, Vice President, West African Fertilizer Association

2. Optimising blending facilities in Africa with innovative solutions
Anne Sheehy, International Salesand Marketing, AGI – Yargus

3. Developments in Nigeria fertilizer production and consumption 
Gideon Negedu, Executive Director, FEPSAN

4. Improving nutrient use efficiency with controlled release fertilizers
Theo van Loon, Commercial Director, Ekompany

5. Adopting a holistic approach to soil health and agricultural inputs including fertilizers
Dr Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

6. The important role of agrodealers in last mile delivery models to improve accessibility to fertilizers 
Luambo Munzhedzi, Chairperson, Agro Dealers Association of South Africa (ADASA)
  • 18:30
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  • 20:30
  • 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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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:20
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Lauren Williamson - SVP, Fertilizers, Argus
  • 09:20
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  • 09:40
  • Conference welcome H.E. Josefa Sacko - Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union
  • 09:30
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  • 09:45
  • Opening address H.E Japhet N. Hasunga - Minister of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • Keynote presentation - Fulfilling Africa’s agricultural potential through market development and enhanced fertilizer use efficiency Karim Lotfi Senhadji - CEO, OCP Africa
  • 10:00
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  • 10:45
  • Panel - Closing the yield gap in Africa by investing in soil health and fertilizers

Moderated by: Rob Groot, Director, Global Field Programs, IFDC
Karim Lotfi Senhadji, Chief Executive Officer, OCP Africa
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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  • 11:30
  • 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 Patrick Heffer - Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
  • 12:10
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  • 12:30
  • Increasing nutrient use efficiency with multi-nutrient fertilizers in Africa Tamir Richker - Product Manager, ICL Fertilizers
  • 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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  • 15:00
  • 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
Raghav Mathur
, Director, Projects, Dangote Industries
Tariye Isoun Gbadegesin,
Head, Heavy Industries & Telecoms, Africa Finance Corporation

 
  • 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

Dr Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Panelists include:
Carlos Zandamela, President, AMOFERT
Elizabeth Nsimadala, Board Member, Pan Africa Farmers Organization (PAFO) and Regional President, The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Fatiha Charradi, Vice President, Agricultural Development - Domestic Market, OCP Group
Tim Durgan,
Senior Project Manager, AFAP

  • 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

Innocent Okuku, Vice President, WAFA
Pierre Brunache, 
Founder and CEO, MyAgricSpace LLC
Julie Beguedou Essobileoua,
CEO, Elisee Cotrane 

  • 17:30
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  • 17:40
  • Chair's closing remarks
  • 18:30
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  • 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

Julia Franklin,Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
Ashish Lakhotia, CEO (Fertilizer & Agri Inputs), ETG
Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, International Fertilizer Development Center

 

 


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

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

Dr Bernard Van Lauwe, Director R4D, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, IITA
Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, International Plant Nutrition Institute

Working group D

Start End
  • 11:30
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  • 13:00
  • Exploring models to provide more sustainable financing across the supply chain Pierre Brunache - Founder and CEO, MyAgricSpace LLC.

Participants will gain insight into:

- Innovative financing models for sustainable growth
- Prospects for private sector investment
- Improving small holder farmers livelihoods with new approaches