24 abril - 26 abril 2019
Lomé, Togo

West Africa Fertilizer Forum

  • 09:30
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  • 12:00
  • WAFA General Meeting (by invitation only)
  • 13:30
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  • 18:00
  • Site visits to Lomé port and blending plant OR phosphate mine and jetty
  • Option one: Lome Port and CIAT/Mambo Blending Unit (max 50 people)
  • Option two: SNTP phosphate mine and jetty (max 50 people)

Transportation departs from the Sarakawa Hotel. 

  • 14:00
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  • 18:00
  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Welcome cocktail reception sponsored by Toguna
  • 08:30
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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 10:00
  • Opening ceremony
  • WAFA welcome address - Moussa Diabate, President, West Africa Fertilizer Association
  • Argus welcome address - Mike Nash, Editor, Phosphates weekly report and fertilizer content development, Argus
  • Goodwill message from ECOWAS - Sekou Sangare, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, ECOWAS (tbc) 
  •  IFDC welcome address - Rob Groot Global Field Program Director, IFDC
  • Opening remarks from the Minister of Agriculture, Togo (tbc)
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Networking break and official tour of the exhibition
  • 10:30
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  • 10:50
  • Overview of the global fertilizer situation and impact in Africa Mike Nash - Editor, Phosphates, Argus
  • 10:50
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  • 11:10
  • Analysis of the West African fertilizer market Abdoulaye Dieye - General Secretary, WAFA
  • 11:10
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  • 11:30
  • Status of fertilizer policy environment and subsidy programs in West Africa Emmanuel Alognikou - Fertilizer Legislation Specialist, IFDC
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Keynote presentation Oumar Guindo - General Manager, Toguna
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Speaker Q&A
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Findings from the IFDC/EnGRAIS Cost Build Up study on four trade corridors in West Africa Pierre Ricae - Market Analyst, NITIDÆ
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Interactive Q&A and moderated discussion on cost build-up in the supply chain Malick Niang - Board Member, WAFA
  • 15:00
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  • 16:00
  • Panel discussion: Overcoming logistical challenges - From production to last mile delivery Panellists include - Nectar Group, AGI-Yargus and Agro West Africa
  • How efficient are West Africa ports? 
    James Luther, Commercial Manager, Nectar Group
  • Blending and transportation challenges serving landlocked countries
    Jeff Ivan, Managing Director - International Sales, AGI-Yargus
  • From production sites to small holder farmers
    Bakayoko Zoumana, CEO, Agro West Africa
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Afternoon networking break
  • 16:30
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  • 18:00
  • Round table discussions

Choose from one of the following topics and join a group of your peers to discuss and share experiences:

  1. Strategic alliances for enhancing businesses of industry players in West Africa: Lessons from the Nigeria experience - Gideon Negedu, Executive Secretary, FEPSAN
  2. Opportunities for advanced NPKs and added value fertilizers in West Africa - Mike Nash, Editor, Phosphates weekly report and fertilizer content development, Argus
  3. Labs and technologies for quality control – latest developments and progress towards self and decentralized certification - Reinder Van der Meer, Business Development Director, CropNuts
  4. The current status of fertilizer recommendations in West Africa - Dr Youl Sansan, Deputy Chief of Party, IR2 Team Leader, EnGRAIS, IFDC
  5. Creating an enabling environment through a harmonized legal and regulatory framework to foster a competitive private fertilizer sector - Emmanuel Alognikou, Fertilizer Legislation Specialist, EnGRAIS, IFDC
  • 18:00
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  • Cocktail reception
  • 08:30
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  • Registration and exhibition opens
  • 08:55
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  • 09:00
  • Chairperson's welcome Innocent Okuku - Vice President, WAFA
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • AfDB efforts to support the fertilizer and agriculture sectors: current status and next steps of Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism Martin Fregene - Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Findings from the assessment of the financing needs and options for West Africa fertilizer actors Jason Scarpone - CEO, AFAP
  • 10:00
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  • 10:15
  • Interactive Speaker Q&A
  • 10:15
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  • 10:45
  • Networking break
  • 10:45
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  • 11:05
  • Available financing instruments and how they are used by the fertilizer sector in West Africa
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Closing ceremony and West Africa Fertilizer Forum 2020 announcement Moussa Diabate - President, West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA)
  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Networking lunch
  • 11:05
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  • 12:00
  • Panel discussion: Financing for enhancing intra-regional trade amongst fertilizer industry players: Issues and experiences Panellists include - Indorama, Mambo and AFAP
  • Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama
  • Jordi Dunach, Head of Fertilizers, Mambo
  • Jason Scarpone, CEO, AFAP
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Beyond fertilizer subsidies: How else can African governments support private sector investment in fertilizer value chains? Bocar Diagana - Team Leader, IFDC