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Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer Conference

Improving Access and Increasing Consumption of Fertilizer and Building Meaningful Supply Chain Partnerships in Africa 


The 8th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference took place in Cape Town on 15-17 February – bringing the leading meeting place for the African supply chain to one of Africa’s most beautiful cities. Many thanks to our sponsors and partners who contributed towards the success of the conference. 

Over 520 participants from 63 countries of which 23 are African have registered to attend the Cape Town conference. At  the annual Argus Africa Fertilizer event you will join a cross-section of stakeholders including government leaders, finance providers, NGOs, regional distributors and global producers. 

Argus Africa Fertilizer Dinner   Argus Africa Fertilizer Networking   Argus Africa Fertilizer Party

View the photos from the 2017 conference here.

Organised with the support of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), IFDC, Africafertilizer.org AFAP, FEPSAN and FERTASA, this is an unrivalled networking forum – the only place to be if you want to build your business across Africa.

Senzeni Zokwana

The conference was opened by the South Africa's minister for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana. "Fertilizers play a leading role in the global food industry and fertilizer is the largest and most important component to ensure abundant and affordable food for a growing population," Zokwana said, in an opening address that reinforced the importance of collaboration across the supply chain. "I am thankful that Argus FMB has taken a leadership role in organising this conference. There is a need for a commitment from all of us to work together in addressing issues that are of mutual benefit."

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Quotation marks "The Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer conference brings together major industry players to discuss and understand how the African context requires flexibility and investment to build the market and bring high-quality fertilizer to end users. This conference is a great way to build industry connections and strengthen existing relationships." - Julia Franklin, One Acre Fund

Quotation marks "Met all major clients and large players who are relevant for us."- Christian Roeder, Mozambique CEO, Beira Logistics Terminals 


What you'll get at this conference:

  • 520+ attendees from across the fertilizer supply chain
  • The chance to meet fertilizer producers and traders from over 65 countries of which 23 are African
  • 20+ hours of networking including round tables, speed-networking and a wine tasting tour
  • Opening cocktail reception and gala dinner - exclusive to registered delegates
  • 20+ expert speakers
  • 3 days of discussions with senior decision makers

Attendees by region

Africa Map

A sample of companies that attended in 2017 include:

Rio Tinto Minerals, SABIC, HBC, OCP Africa, Ma'aden, EuroChem, Innofert, Omnia, Evergrow, ZFC Ltd, SQM, AGRA, AgBit, One Acre Fund - Kenya, AFAP, Fertasa, IFDC, Lushbury Fertilizer Corp, Helm, Yara, Beira Logistics Terminals, Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority, FEPSAN, NEPAD, Rawtrade, Crop Performance, ISKY Minerals, Keytrade, Sogefert, Fischbein, Mitsubishi, Liven Agrichem, Vipa Holdings, Haldor Topsoe, NAQ Global, Compass Minerals, Phosagro, Agronova, Milliken Europe, Euragglo, Haifa Chemicals, Farmers World, Heliopotasse, ICL Fertilizers, Borealis LAT, ETG, IFA, Van Iperen, Interjute, EMT Blending and Bagging, Tessenderlo Chemie, Kingenta, and many more.

See the full list of 2017 companies registered here.





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Quotation marks "I learned a lot about new fertilizer products and businesses. I also met many new people that I hope to stay in touch with."  Arthur Mabiso, Policy Analyst, New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support (NAPAS), IFPRI, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Quotation marks"A useful conference - we particularly like the varied ways of interacting including the planned events (cocktails, dinner) and the round table discussions" - 
Mark Wilde, Sales Director  SOP plant Nutrition, Tessenderlo Group


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Conference Agenda*

*This agenda is subject to change

Wednesday, 15 February
09:00 - 18.00 Registration and Exhibition Opens
13.30 - 15.30 IFA Africa Forum (by invitation only)
15.30 - 16.30

Newcomers' Speed Networking

For first-time attendees or anyone who is looking to meet new contacts at the conference, this session is designed to maximise your time and encourages you to meet many potential partners, suppliers or clients in one hour.

You will have 2 minutes to introduce yourself and your business to each person before a bell will ring and you move on to meet someone new - bring plenty of business cards!

17.00 - 18.00 Interactive Round Table Discussions 

Hear and share experiences from across the fertilizer supply chain with fellow attendees during focussed discussions in an interactive setting. 

1) Nitrogen Markets – New Projects and Impact on Trade Flows
Alice Charlton, Senior Analyst, Consulting, Argus

2) Nigerian Fertilizer Projects and Investment Opportunities
Gideon Negedu, Executive Secretary, FEPSAN

3) Phosphate Supply Dynamics within Africa 
Aida Idrissi, Senior Manager Phosphates, Consulting, Argus

4) West Africa Market Developments
Rob Groot, Director North & West Africa, IFDC

5) Africa NPK Supply and Demand Trends 
Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Argus

6) Promoting an Enabling Environment for SMEs in the Fertilizer Supply Chain
Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms

8) Why Micronutrients are Important in Fertilizers
Rob White, Regional Director, International Zinc Association

9) The Role of Public Private Partnerships in Improving Access to Fertilizers
Adam Mostert, Chairman, East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Trade Platform (ESAF)

10) African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism: Recent Developments and Opportunities
Benedict Kanu, Lead Agriculture Expert, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept. African Development Bank

18.00
Opening Cocktail Party 

Thursday, 16 February
 08.30 Registration and Exhibition Opens
 09.00 

Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus 
 09.05  Ministerial Welcome

Mr Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa
 GOVERNMENT POLICY, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND COLLABORATIVE APPROACHES
09.10 Opening Address

Dr Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
09.30 Keynote Presentation

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
, CEO, NEPAD
09.50 The Vision of OCP Africa 

Karim Lofti Senhadji
, CEO, OCP Africa 

REGIONAL MARKET OUTLOOKS AND EVOLVING SUPPLY AND DEMAND DYNAMICS

 10.10  Sub-Saharan Africa Market Outlook for 2017
  • Demand update across sub-Saharan Africa
  • The impact of key policy developments
  • Evolution of Africa fertilizer supply/demand balance
Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
 10.30  Break
 11.00 N, P and K Capacity Developments in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Global trade flows and current production output
  • A cross-nutrient overview of production capacity additions
  • Reasons for oversupply and impact on prices
Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus 
 11.20 The African Fertilizer Access Index: Towards the Establishment of Competitive Fertilizer Value Chains for Smallholder Farmers
  • A new AFAP initiative to support the establishment of an enabling environment for fertilizer in order to boost fertilizer use by smallholder farmers
  • Strengthening understanding of the key components of harmonized fertilizer policies and regulations for the region
  • Disseminating comprehensive knowledge of the status of fertilizer policies and regulations in the target countries
Maria Wanzala, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, AFAP
 11.50 Regional Snapshots from Across Africa – West, East and Southern Africa
  • Overview of the agricultural profile and nutrient requirements in key markets
  • Recent investments and fertilizer production and blending operations
  • Policy and government initiatives
Introduced by: Adam Mostert, CEO, FERTASA
Ousmane Sidibe
, CEO, Sogefert
Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
Brian Wade, Innovation Director, Koch Agronomic Services
 12.30 Ma’aden Grows with Africa

Anas Albassam, Phosphate and Ammonia Sales Manager,  Ma’aden

 12.40  Lunch 

FINANCIAL AND PRACTICAL CONSTRAINTS IN FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTION

 13.50  Panel Discussion: Farmer and Agridealer Perspectives on Fertilizer Distribution and Use
  • Fertilizer use in the context of broader farming considerations – seed quality, irrigation facilities and extension services
  • Improving accessibility, affordability of fertilizers for farmers
  • Delivering training to improve understanding of balanced fertilization
  • Optimizing knowledge of specific crop and soil requirements 
  • The evolving role of the hub agridealer as a key link in the supply chain
Moderator: Jason Scarpone, CEO and President, AFAP
Panellists include:
Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms
Dinnah Kapiza
, Owner and Managing Director, Tisaiwale Trading
Nike Tinubu, Managing Director, Eagleson Cassava
Mark Tindle,
Managing Director (Zambia), Omnia Fertilizers
 14.30 Panel Discussion: Boosting Fertilizer Consumption with Accessible Financial Platforms and Innovative Solutions 
  • Leveraging private and public sector initiatives to unlock the potential of SMEs across the agricultural sector
  • Collaborative initiatives to offer access to credit for smallholder farmers
  • The role of trade finance and risk management tools at local level
Moderator: Jason Scarpone, CEO and President, AFAP
Panellists include:
Kalim M. Shah, Chief Investment Officer, Downstream Oil & Gas, Sub-Saharan Africa, IFC
Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
Benedict Kanu, Lead Agriculture Expert, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept. African Development Bank
 15.10  Break
 REGIONAL SNAPSHOTS: FERTILIZER SUPPLY, DEMAND AND POLICY DEVELOPMENTS
 15.50 Lessons from Tanzania: Empowering and Equipping Smallholder Farmers with Resources and Training to Succeed
Andrew Msolla
, Board Chairman, Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA)
 16.10 Implementing Meaningful Partnerships and Dialogue to Improve Availability and Accessibility of Fertilizers in Mozambique
Carlos Zandamela
, President, The Mozambique National Fertilizer Platform and AMOFERT
 16.30 Developments in the Fertilizer Markets in Zimbabwe 
Misheck Samson Kachere, Chief  Executive  Officer, Chemplex Corporation
 16.50  Speaker Q&A
 17.00

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Jason Scarpone, CEO and President, AFAP

19.00 Gala Dinner sponsored by OCP Africa

Friday, 17 February
08.40 Registration and Exhibition Stands Open
09.20 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
Jan Vermaak,
Managing Director, International & Business Development, Omnia Fertilizer
 INNOVATIONS IN THE PRODUCTION AND APPLICATION OF BALANCED FERTILIZATION
09.30 Integrating Research and Promotion for Balanced Fertilization in East Africa
Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia, Senior Agronomist, Eastern Africa, ICL Fertilizers
09.50 Investing in Innovation and Technical Expertise in Africa
Manuel Goepfrich, Market Development Director, Yara Africa
10.10  The Importance of Soil-Mapping and the Commercial Benefits of Balanced Fertilization
  • Soil-mapping initiatives at national and regional level
  • Communicating the importance of balanced fertilization
  • The potential for further specialty fertilizer use 
Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
10.30 Speaker Q&A
10.50 Break
 INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
 11.20 Logistical Considerations and Supply Chain Developments  
  • An update on road and rail developments
  • Overcoming transportation constraints to build a robust supply network
  • Bulk vs. bagged fertilizer distribution
Ashish Lakhotia, CEO, Fertilizer & Agri Inputs, ETG
 11.40 Developments in Trade Corridors, Regional Collaboration and Agricultural Clusters
  • Update on developments of key trade corridors and impact on the market
  • Assessing the costs and risks including border procedures and bottlenecks
  • Government initiatives and public and private sector collaboration
  • Linking investment and innovation to develop robust supply networks of fertilizers and seeds for smallholder farmers
Panellists include:
Argent Chuula, CEO - ACTESA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Emerson Zhou, CEO, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor
Sean de Cleene,
Chief of Strategy and Partnerships, AGRA
 12.20 Realizing Major fertilizer Projects in Africa
Henrik Surrow Larsen, Head of Sales, Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects
 12.40 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Jan Vermaak, Managing Director, International & Business Development, Omnia Fertilizer
 12.50  Lunch 
 14.00  Wine Tasting Tour
Join us for a free wine tasting tour and enjoy the best that the Cape Winelands have to offer with their colonial architecture and award winning wine. The tour is free to attend but places are limited. Delegates will be given the option to participate once bookings are confirmed.


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Confirmed Speakers Include:


Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
, CEO, NEPAD

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki has been chief executive of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development since 2009, based in Midrand, South Africa. Previously, he was executive director of the Senegal-based Rural Hub platform, supporting rural development in west and central Africa (2004-09). Ibrahim is a former prime minister and foreign affairs minister of Niger (1996-2000). He has served as guest professor at the University of Paris XI (2000-04), and as professor of public administration in Niger and Venezuela. He was a senior executive in Niger’s uranium industry in 1987-96
 Karim Lofti Senhadji, CEO, OCP Africa
 
Jennifer Blanke
Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank

Dr. Jennifer Blanke has recently been appointed Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development. Dr. Blanke is a renowned and globally respected development economist, with over 20 years of experience. She previously served as the Chief Economist and member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, where she provides global leadership on economic and development issues. She is widely respected for her ability to develop effective partnerships and convene diverse group of experts to achieve results.
 
Dr. Blanke has a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience on economic, human and social development, private sector and public-private partnerships for driving inclusive growth, including infrastructure, agribusiness, skills and entrepreneurship, industrial development, water and sanitation. She is globally respected for her works on how to support countries to drive greater economic competitiveness and reduce cost of doing business and has led the development of the global competitiveness report and the Africa Competitiveness Report. She has worked extensively on Africa and is a respected advisor to several governments on economic, human and social development to reduce growth inequalities. 

She brings leverage from her work with Grow Africa - the flagship private sector driven agriculture and agribusiness initiative of the World Economic Forum - that can help upscale private sector financing into the agriculture sector, as well as investments in infrastructure, rural energy and water for agricultural processing industries. Her private sector perspective will be helpful to help drive agriculture as a business to expand markets for farmers, as well as in the design of innovative financing systems for supporting the youth and women entrepreneurs.


Jason Scarpone
Jason Scarpone
, President and CEO, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Jason currently President and CEO of The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), is a leading International Development Specialist with 22 years’ experience  in designing, implementing and managing  economic recovery and development programs for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the United States. He has specialized in public-private partnerships that link production, policy and marketing, with special attention to post-conflict, post-crisis environments. He has successfully implemented large-scale agricultural and rural development programs with long-lasting positive effects. Scarpone is thoroughly familiar with industry institutions, regulations and compliance.

Argent Chuula
Argent Chuula, CEO - ACTESA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Argent Chuula,  is the Chief Executive Officer for the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA). He joined COMESA from the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) Inc. South Africa where he served as AGRA-AFAP Partnership Coordinator. Prior to that, he was AGRA’s Programme Officer for Fertilizer Business Development and AGRA’s Country Representative-Mozambique. Argent  is also the current Board Chairman of the Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and UNDP Advisory Board member.

Andrew Msolla, Chairman of the Board, Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA)

Lilian Mbuthia
Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia
, Senior Agronomist, Eastern Africa, ICL Fertilizers

Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia is ICL’s senior agronomist for East Africa based in Nairobi providing technical support for specialty fertilizers as well as training of farmers and extension service providers on soil and crop nutrition management. She also acts as the IPI (International Potash Institute) coordinator for IPI activities in Eastern Africa responsible for promoting potash market development in Eastern Africa. After many years abroad for her studies, including an MSc in plant pathology and entomology from Hanover University (Germany) and a PhD in in Environmental Soil Science from University of Tennessee (USA), Dr. Mbuthia returned to Kenya.

Carlos Zandamela
Carlos Zandamela
, President, The Mozambique National Fertilizer Platform

Carlos Zandamela has over 36 years’ experience in agriculture. He is currently Liaison Scientist at the  International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and, Policy Advisor for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). He is the author of “Improving Agricultural Extension System for Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique” for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (Mozambique) and the Korea, Rural Economic Institute (KREI) in addition to numerous other papers. Carlos gained a BSc in Agronomy from Eduardo Mondlane University Maputo and an MSc in Agronomy, Crop Production and Management at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos.

Maria Wanzala
Maria Wanzala
, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, AFAP

Dr. Maria Wanzala-Mlobela is an agricultural economist with over 10 years’ experience working on African agricultural policy and market development issues. Her area of specialization is analyzing the functioning of fertilizer markets, the constraints affecting their performance, and formulation of policies and programs to address these constraints and improve market performance. Dr. Wanzala has been heavily involved in the preparation of action plans for promoting the development of agricultural input markets in Africa which entailed country level assessments. Her country experiences include Malawi, Tanzania, Madagascar, Angola, Kenya, and Zambia. 

Since 2013 Dr. Wanzala has been seconded to the Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) based in South Africa. She is the Senior Director: Policy, Partnerships and Government Relations. Her responsibilities are the development and implementation of AFAP policy initiatives for policy and regulatory improvement facilitation in order to create a more enabling environment for the increased commercial supply of fertilizer in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Ashish Lakhotia
Ashish Lakhotia
, CEO, Fertilizer & Agri Inputs, ETG

Ashish Lakhotia is the CEO for Fertilizer and Agri Inputs Vertical of Export Trading Group (ETG). He oversees trade operations, human resources activities, finance management and 9 blending plants processing activities spanning in more than 20 countries of Africa and Asia. During his span of 10 years with ETG, the group has grown exponentially from distributing 25-30K metric tonnes of fertilizers to more 1.5 million metric tonnes in 2015, predominantly in Sub Sahara Africa making it the largest integrated supply chain distributor in Sub-Saharan Africa space. He has played pivotal role in growing fertilizer and agri inputs distribution and infrastructure network in the sub-Saharan African region to foster effective penetration of fertilizers, which is evident from the fact that ETG currently owns more than 300 warehouses with upto 1.9 million metric tonnes of storage capacity in Africa.
Mashenk Kachere
Misheck Samson Kachere
, CEO, Chemplex Corporation

Misheck Samson Kachere is Chief Executive Officer of Chemplex Corporation Limited having previously held various roles in the company since 1983. Chemplex Corporation Limited (CCL) which was founded in 1949, mines and beneficiates phosphate rock to produce Superphosphates.  CCL manufactures and trades in a wide range of industrial chemicals, public health and agricultural chemicals.  Through its subsidiary and associate companies it is also involved in the manufacture of ammonium nitrate, nitrogen, phosphate and potash (NPK) fertilizers and agro chemicals. He also serves as Board Chairman of ZFC, Board Chairman of Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), Deputy Chairman of Sable Chemicals Industries, Non-Executive Director - Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, and Executive Director - Chemplex Corporation.
Brian Wade
Brian Wade
, Innovation Director, Koch Agronomic Services
Stephen Muchiri, CEO, East Africa Farmers Federation
Frances Wollmer
Frances Wollmer
, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus FMB

Frances has spent the last 20 years as a consultant in the fertilizer/fertilizer raw material sector. For much of this period she has contributed to or been responsible for long-range forecasting, strategy and project feasibility studies. Frances is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has developed contacts with senior executives in all aspects of the fertilizer industry.

Julia Franklin
Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund

Julia manages global sourcing and supply chain of seeds, fertilizer, solar lights, and other major inputs across all One Acre Fund countries of operation. Responsible for demand forecasting, relationship building, and setting the strategy for Global Inputs team to provide our farmers with the highest quality products from around the world. She also manages regional procurement functions working to supply One Acre Fund programs with operational goods and resources in order to directly serve farmers.

Dinah Kapiza
Dinnah Kapiza
, Owner and Managing Director,Tisaiwale Trading

Dinnah Kapiza owns and operates a successful agro-dealer business in her native Mponela, Malawi. Trained as a teacher, she went into business following the death of her husband and found her way into the agricultural sector. Starting from scratch in 2002, Kapiza has grown her business. She operates multiple stores, delivery trucks and a warehouse. During the height of the agricultural buying season, she employs a large staff. Dinnah serves as a board member of the Rural Market Development Trust (RUMARK) and is president of its 200-member agro-dealer association. She manages RUMARK’s demonstration plots, showcasing improved seeds and fertilizers to local farmers. She has also organized associations of women smallholder farmers in her area.
Grace Chilande
Grace Chilande
, Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC

Grace Chilande is a Fertilizer Market Specialist with the International Fertilizer Development Center based in Nairobi Kenya. She is currently undertaking fertilizer market analyses, reviewing and processing fertilizer trade statistics and coordinating activities for the AfricaFertilizer.org initiative in the East and Southern Africa region.
Grace has 2 years’ work experience in the fertilizer industry; with an educational background in Economics. In the 2 years she has gained great insight of the agricultural markets in the region, and is a member of the Future Fertilizer Leaders program initiated by IFA to develop skills of young individuals within the industry.

Nassirou Ba
Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Nassirou Ba is an Agricultural Economist specializing in Agricultural Commodity Value Chains Agricultural Transformation and Food Security. He is a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Division of Regional Integration and Trade of United Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA).

He  joined the UNECA as an Economic Affairs Officer in  2009, where his main focus has been on agricultural transformation issues around the continent including fertilizer use and modern technologies taking in account climate and demographic factors, as well as the promotion and development of regional value chains including key component such as regional trade issues such as CFTA ( Continental Free trade Area), BIAT ( Boosting Inter-African trade) , all within the framework of NEPAD/CAADP. He has publications in reputable Journals and member of research gate.

Daniel Gad
Daniel Gad
, Owner, Omega Farms

Daniel Gad is an entrepreneur and commercial farmer from Ethiopia. Previously, he worked for a major corporation (AT&T) in the telecommunications industry in the United States where his last assignment was as Vice President and Client Partner in the company. In 2003 Mr. Gad decided to leave his post at AT&T and return home to Ethiopia. Since his return he has developed (and sold) a 28 hectare premium rose farm (MetroLux Flowers), playing a pivotal role in the success story of the Ethiopian floriculture industry, which over five years created 300,000 jobs. He now owns, manages and operates a high-value vegetable production farm (Omega Farms) exporting pre-packed vegetables to UK and EU supermarkets, playing a leading role in a nascent effort to replicate Ethiopia’s floriculture success in horticulture, with its potential for even larger impact.
 Stephanie Race, Founder and CEO, Crop Performance Limited
Stephanie Race

Stephanie Race is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Crop Performance Ltd. Crop Performance works with growers and food companies to improve productivity, conserve resources, and monitor the environmental impact of agriculture and food production on land use. Crop Performance provides in-season crop yield forecasts increasing the certainty of supply, enabling growers to anticipate how changes in temperature and precipitation will impact yields, allowing food companies to adapt their sourcing practices and commodities fund managers to hedge with facts informed by scientific insights. Crop Performance monitors crop growth & development, water, soil fertility, and ghg emissions in crop, pasture and rangeland systems and monitors impacts of non-point source pollution in watersheds.

Stephanie has been providing sourcing and risk management solutions for the agriculture, food & beverage industry for over 25 years. Stephanie was a Partner at Accenture, and gained her corporate technology experience with leadership roles at Oracle Corporation and Andersen Consulting. In collaboration with NASA, she conceived and built solutions using satellite, airborne, and drone based earth observation data to analyse the economics of agriculture, land use, infrastructure and water for the food and beverage industry. Stephanie co-founded Global Map Aid. Global Map Aid provides geospatial imagery to humanitarian assistance organizations such as USAID, UNHCR, World Vision, Red Cross and Oxfam, resulting in efficient distribution of aid to those in need. 

Hans Balyamujura
Hans Balyamujura, CEO, Zed Group

Hans is currently CEO of ZED Group Limited. He is an Entrepreneur and consultant in African agriculture with a special interest in smallholder value chain related investments and the development of the missing middle in the smallholder operations and finance. Until recently, Hans was General Manager: Absa AgriBusiness – Africa which he joined in June 2008. Prior to Absa, Hans was the General Manager: Agriculture at TSB Sugar managing 12,500 ha of sugar cane under irrigation.

Emerson Zhou, CEO, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor 

Pradeep Paunrana
Pradeep Paunrana, Managing Director, ARM Cement

Pradeep Paunrana joined Arm Cement (formerly Athi River Mining Ltd) in 1984 after graduating with an MBA from NYU Stem. As CEO of the business started by his father, Pradeep has public listed cement, industrial minerals and fertilizers company operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa. ARM ranks in the top 15 companies in East Africa by market capitalisation. In 2010, Pradeep was awarded the Africa Business Leaders of Innovation by Africa Investor. Pradeep plays an active role in several Policy and Advocacy Institutions, and has chaired and participated in government led task forces in the energy, environment and agriculture sectors.

Ousmane Sidibe, CEO, Sogefert

Jan Vermaak
Jan Vermaak, Divisional Managing Director, Omnia Fertilizer International

Jan Vermaak is the Divisional Managing Director of Omnia Fertilizer International, having previously held various technical, production, supply chain and marketing positions in the company since 2001. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Omnia Group was founded in 1953 and listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange in 1980. Omnia is a diversified, specialist chemicals services company providing customized solutions to the chemical, mining and agriculture markets. Omnia Fertilizer has been adding value to agriculture in Africa since its inception. Nutriology® - the science of growing – is a concept developed by Omnia that not only concentrates on crops, but includes the development of product ranges, services, relationships and client profitability. 

Nike Tinubu
Nike Tinubu
, Managing Director, Eagleson & Nito Concepts

Nike Tinubu is an Agro Processor, who is currently the President and Chairperson of the Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Association, Nigeria. She is also the Managing Directory/CEO of Eagleson & Nito Concepts, a processing and supply company of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF), Commercial and Mechanized Farming of cassava roots in South West Nigeria. She has over 13 years’ experience in capacity building of cassava smallholder farmers in rural communities, engaging them as contract growers thereby improving their produce yields from 9 tons per ha to approx. 25-30 tons per ha. Ms. Tinubu is a dedicated manager and visionary whose achievements in agriculture have contributed immensely to civic development at various levels and ultimately to national economic growth.

 Adam Mostert, Chairman, East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Trade Platform (ESAF)

Patrick Heffer
Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA

Patrick Heffer is director of the agriculture service. He coordinates the activities of IFA’s agriculture committee and its Africa Forum. His duties focus on world fertilizer demand, development of fertilizer demand, forecasts and the promotion of efficient and responsible fertilizer use. He also oversees IFA’s innovation and research initiative.

Before joining IFA, Heffer worked with the International Seed Trade Federation and the International Association of Plant Breeders. He has also held critical positions with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the French seed organization GNIS, and at the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences in Morocco.

 Manuel Göpfrich, Head of Market Development, Yara Africa
Sean de Cleene
Sean de Cleene
, Chief of Strategy and Partnerships, AGRA

Sean is Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at AGRA. AGRA is an alliance with roots in farming communities across the continent that aims to double yields and incomes for millions of African farming households. 

He was formerly the Senior Vice President Global Initiatives, Strategy and Business Development for Yara International the world’s leading global crop nutrition company. Sean has strong private sector, NGO, entrepreneurship and development experience. Sean was up until recently the Chair World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture Project Board incorporating multistakeholder partnerships in 14 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America including partnering to form both Grow Africa and Grow Asia. Co-Chair Emeritus Grow Africa and is currently the Chair of the Grow Africa Smallholder Working Group. He was a former member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change and several G8 and G20 working groups, a former special advisor to the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Food Security and Nutrition and a former Harvard Kennedy School of Government CSR Initiative visiting practitioner. Jointly initiated Grow Africa, African Green Revolution Forum, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor, Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, Malawi Agriculture Partnership, Business Action Against Corruption, UNEPFI Africa Taskforce JSE SRI Index, and African Institute of Corporate Citizenship
Henrik Larsen
Henrik Surrow Larsen
, Head of Sales, Ferrostaal-Topsoe Projects

Henrik has been working for the Haldor Topsoe group since graduating in 1999. Started as a service engineer in the Catalyst Division. 

He moved into commercial activities with a focus on the petrochemical sector. He was the Managing Director of Haldor Topsoe Middle East in Bahrain from 2007 -2011 and thereafter headed the commercial activities worldwide for the Chemicals Business unit, which include the fertilizer activities. He joined the Ferrostaal Topsoe JV in early 2015, and has since been heading the commercial activities. He obtained a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Copenhagen in 1999.

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Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms

Daniel Gad is an entrepreneur and commercial farmer from Ethiopia. Previously, he worked for a major corporation (AT&T) in the telecommunications industry in the United States where his last assignment was as Vice President and Client Partner in the company. In 2003 Mr. Gad decided to leave his post at AT&T and return home to Ethiopia. Since his return he has developed (and sold) a 28 hectare premium rose farm (MetroLux Flowers), playing a pivotal role in the success story of the Ethiopian floriculture industry, which over five years created 300,000 jobs. He now owns, manages and operates a high-value vegetable production farm (Omega Farms) exporting pre-packed vegetables to UK and EU supermarkets, playing a leading role in a nascent effort to replicate Ethiopia’s floriculture success in horticulture, with its potential for even larger impac
Daniel Gad, Owner, Omega Farms

Daniel Gad is an entrepreneur and commercial farmer from Ethiopia. Previously, he worked for a major corporation (AT&T) in the telecommunications industry in the United States where his last assignment was as Vice President and Client Partner in the company. In 2003 Mr. Gad decided to leave his post at AT&T and return home to Ethiopia. Since his return he has developed (and sold) a 28 hectare premium rose farm (MetroLux Flowers), playing a pivotal role in the success story of the Ethiopian floriculture industry, which over five years created 300,000 jobs. He now owns, manages and operates a high-value vegetable production farm (Omega Farms) exporting pre-packed vegetables to UK and EU supermarkets, playing a leading role in a nascent effort to replicate Ethiopia’s floriculture success in horticulture, with its potential for even larger impac

Kalim Shah,
 Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Kalim M. Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment entity of the World Bank Group.  He is responsible for the IFC’s investments in downstream oil and gas projects for sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis with an emphasis on the downstream, manufacturing, financial and agribusiness sectors. Kalim has been with the IFC for 17 years. He has country experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US.  Kalim holds an MBA and a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Kalim Shah,
 Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Kalim M. Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment entity of the World Bank Group.  He is responsible for the IFC’s investments in downstream oil and gas projects for sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis with an emphasis on the downstream, manufacturing, financial and agribusiness sectors. Kalim has been with the IFC for 17 years. He has country experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US.  Kalim holds an MBA and a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

Kalim Shah,
 Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Kalim M. Shah is Chief Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector investment entity of the World Bank Group.  He is responsible for the IFC’s investments in downstream oil and gas projects for sub-Saharan Africa. Kalim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking, project finance and financial analysis with an emphasis on the downstream, manufacturing, financial and agribusiness sectors. Kalim has been with the IFC for 17 years. He has country experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, the Middle East and north Africa, Canada and the US.  Kalim holds an MBA and a BSc degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.


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OCP Africa

Diamond Sponsor


Sabic

Gold Sponsor

Ma'aden

Fertilizer Manual Sponsor

ICL Fertilizers

Polysulphate

Opening Cocktail Party

Omnia

Innofert

Lunch Sponsor

Transcom

Silver Sponsors

Borealis

LAT Borealis

Evergrow

Haldor Topsoe

Tessenderlo

Bronze Sponsors

ETG Agri Inputs

Lushbury

HBC


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IFA

AfricaFertilizer.org

IFDC

One Acre Fund

FertASA

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