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Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference

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


The 9th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place 26-28 February 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As the number one meeting place for the African fertilizer supply chain, this is an unrivalled networking forum for anyone looking to grow their business across Africa.

Over 520 participants from 63 countries of which 23 are African attended the 2017 event in Cape Town. At Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018 you will join a cross-section of stakeholders including government leaders, traders, NGOs, regional distributors and global fertilizer producers. 

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Hear from speakers including: 

  • Lazaro Kitandu, CEO, Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA)

  • Dr Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Gideon Negedu, Executive Director, FEPSAN
  • Henry Kargbo, Director of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone

  • Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus

  • Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA

  • Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund

  • Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research

  • Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms

  • James Mutonyi, Managing Director, AGMARK

  • Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder & Chairman, Zenvus

  • Job Kihara, Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture

  • Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama

  • Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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

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

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

View the photos from the 2017 conference here.       

Quotation marks "The Argus 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

Attendees by region

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A sample of companies that attended in 2017 include:

African Development Bank, OCP Africa, AGMARK, HBC, SABIC, EuroChem, Innofert, Omnia, Evergrow, ZFC, SQM, AGRA, AgBit, One Acre Fund - Kenya, AFAP, Fertasa, IFDC, Rio Tinto Minerals,  Lushbury Fertilizer Corp, Helm, Yara, Beira Logistics Terminals, Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority, FEPSAN, NEPAD, Rawtrade, Crop Performance, ISKY Minerals, Keytrade, Sogefert, Fischbein, Polyserve Group, Fertagro Trading NV, Chambishi Copper Smelter Ltd, Vallis Commodities, Experse, BCS Holdings Company (Pty) Ltd, Deretil Agronutritional, Eagleson Cassava Ecological Engineering Group, Koch Agronomic Services, Capricorn Commodities, SoilCares Africa, Fauji Fertilizer company, Chemplex Corporation, Bollore Transport & Logistics, Sakunda, Platinum Corporation FZE, Rawtrade InternatioOmega Farms, Mambo Commodities, Gold Nice General Trading, Kuattro, OLAM International, Kynoch, Toyota Tsusho Fertilizer Africa Limited, Toguna Agro Industries, DRTC Trading Company, BUA Group, GrainPulse Ltd, LignoTech South Africa, Comrie Castle Trading, Constantia Fertiliser, BioDeposit Group , Lyambai DMCC, Desmet Ballestra, Paksons Enterprises, Meridian Group, Fischbein SA Mitsubishi, Liven Agrichem, Vipa Holdings, Haldor Topsoe, NAQ Global, Compass Minerals, Phosagro, Agronova, Milliken Europe, ARM Cement Mavuno Fertilizers, Euragglo, Haifa Chemicals, Farmers World, Heliopotasse, ICL Fertilizers, Van Iperen, Kingenta, and many more.

See the full list of 2017 companies registered here.












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Senzeni Zokwana

The 2017 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.

Read the full press release here.

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


For further information about Argus Fertilizer Africa 2018, please contact us using the details below:

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Registration

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Standard Conference Rate*

 Conference rate US $1550

Under 35s Rate*

We are offering a special rate for under 35s. Please note this rate cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts. Please email us a copy of your ID/passport when registering.

Under 35 rate US $1150


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Group Booking Discount:

3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th delegate - 15% discount. To qualify, all registrations must be made at the same time and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. 

*Registration fee includes:

  • Access to speaker presentations and papers
  • Lunches on Thursday and Friday
  • A fantastic cocktail party on Wednesday and a gala dinner on Thursday
  • Access to the exhibition area
  • The opportunity to meet with hundreds of industry representatives in one relaxed setting
  • Full delegate list with contact details
  • Access to the networking app

**Please note that travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee. 

For more information on registering or group bookings for the Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018 conference, please contact us on:

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Terms and Conditions

View the conference booking terms and conditions here.

Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018 is to provide participants with a high-level update on African issues in the context of our global fertilizer industry. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.



Conference Agenda*

Monday 26 February 2018

09.00

Registration and Exhibition Opens

10.00

Supporting partner meetings and networking throughout the day

15.00 Speed-Networking  

Make up to 30 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.

16.00

Roundtable Discussions

Hear and share experiences on key issues in the Africa fertilizer supply chain with fellow delegates in a relaxed, interactive setting. This is a perfect opportunity to make new contacts and discuss mutual business interests.

  1. Tackling logistical challenges in the supply chain to improve access to fertilizers - Gopal Chandak, Regional Head - West Africa & Asia, ETG 
  2. The growth potential for the specialty fertilizer market in Africa
  3. The role of subsidies in different countries and their role in improving fertilizer availability - Grace Chilande, Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
  4. West Africa markets – Local production and supply chain developments - Rob Groot, Director North & West Africa, IFDC 
  5. Collaborative strategies to improve smallholder farmer access to credit, resources and training
  6. Phosphates markets – supply and demand dynamics and new capacity
  7. How can new technologies offer solutions across the fertilizer supply chain?
  8. How intra-regional trade can be improved with the development of trade corridors and regional clusters
  9. The application of micronutrients to improve crop performance and potential market growth - Jordi Bru, Director, Global Market Development – Agriculture, Rio Tinto Borates
  10. Specific soil and crop nutrient requirements and how blended products can meet their needs
18.00 Opening Cocktail Reception

Tuesday 27 February 2018

09.00
Registration and Coffee
09.30 Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus

09.40

The Role of Fertilizers in Boosting Agricultural Productivity In Africa

  • Transforming agriculture in Africa to become a driver of job creation, economic growth and food security
  • How fertilizers can contribute to sustainably boosting  agricultural productivity
  • Examining the policy environment and fertilizer sector development
10.00  The Importance of Partnerships and Collaboration to Develop Africa’s Agri-Business Value Chains
  • Achieving agricultural and economic goals in the face of declining soil fertility rapidly rising population
  • Innovative financing to increase regional fertilizer manufacturing, distribution and trade
  • Adopting collaborative strategies to tackle logistical and policy issues
 10.40 EthioSIS: The No ‘Business as Usual’ Approach in the Ethiopian Soil-Sub Sector to Transform Agriculture

Tegbaru Bellete, Project Team Leader, EthioSIS
11.00 Morning Coffee Break
11:30

An Update on N,P and K capacity developments in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Natural resources in SSA
  • Global developments and regional impact
  • Supply dynamics and new capacity
  • Summary project status

Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus

 11.55  Ma’aden and Africa, the Natural Fit

Senior representative, Ma’aden 
12:15 Sub-Saharan Africa Fertilizer Short- and Medium-Term Outlook
  • Economic and agronomic factors affecting fertilizer consumption across Africa
  • Examining fertilizer application rates and agricultural outputs
  • Assessing the expansion of fertilizer production in Africa and impact on supply dynamics

Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA

12.40  The Yara Farmer Centric Strategy in Africa

Luis Alfredo Perez, SVP – Yara Crop Nutrition Africa, Yara
 13.00 Lunch 
14.00   Panel Discussion -  Creating an Enabling Policy Environment to Boost Access to and Affordability  of Fertilizers
  • Examining fertilizer regulatory frameworks and policies
  • How can subsidy programmes be effectively implemented to improve access to affordable fertilizers
  • How can government interventions support the private sector and encourage competitive fertilizer markets
  • Empowering the private sector to be key players in the fertilizer market

Moderated byCésar Chaparro Yedro, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank
Lazaro Kitandu, CEO, Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA)
Henry Kargbo, Director of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
Gideon Negedu, Executive Director, FEPSAN
Joseph Rusike, Senior Program Officer for Country Support, Policy and Delivery, AGRA

14.50
Panel Discussion – Improving Fertilizer Distribution with Infrastructure Investment and Innovative Approaches to Logistics

  • Developments in port facilities and services to handle import capacity
  • Enhancing road infrastructure and trucking logistics to ensure on time  delivery
  • Overcoming challenges at the stage of “last mile” fertilizer delivery
Bowen Williams, Director of Business Development, Lori Systems
Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund

15.20

A Data-Driven Approach to  Influencing Investment and Policy Decisions in Soil Health and Fertilizer Use

Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research

 15.40  Afternoon Break
 16.10  Panel Discussion - Farmer Focus: Improving Access to Credit,  Agronomic Best Practices and Quality Fertilizers
  • Addressing the finance gap facing smallholder farmers
  • Strategies to accelerate access to credit to access fertilizers
  • Effective communications with farmers about fertilizer use
  • Role of the agro-dealer in disseminating knowledge on the most effective use
  • of fertilizers to maximise its benefits

Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms
James Mutonyi, Managing Director, AGMARK

 16.50  Panel Discussion - Enhancing Intra-Regional Trade with the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Clusters
  • The benefits of promoting regional fertilizer production and integration for fertilizer trade
  • Lowering the costs of transportation
  • Harmonizing standards to encourage trade
  • Improving efficiency across custom borders to prevent delays in shipment and delivery

Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama
Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Augustine Langyintuo, Senior Operations Officer - Agribusiness, International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group

17.30 Closing Remarks
19.00 Gala Dinner


Wednesday 28 February 2018

09.00
Registration and Coffee
09.15
Chairperson’s Welcome Remarks
 09:20 How Digital Technology is Changing Farming in Africa
  • Leveraging modern technology to improve the use of fertilizers
  • Measuring and analysing soil data to help farmers apply the right fertilizer 
  • Tools to improve connectivity and financial solutions
Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder & Chairman, Zenvus
09.40  Sustainable Fertilizer Use in Changing Environmental Conditions

Dr Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
10.00  POLY4, A  Fertilizer Suitable for 21st century African Agriculture
  • POLY4 is a low cost, multi-nutrient, low chloride fertilizer;
  • Recognising the vulnerability of African food production due to soil nutrient depletion and what prompts that decision to underapply;
  • Trial evidence changing the perception of fertilizer input – yield and output balance;
  • Meeting growing food demand through use of the right fertilizer plan and product choice in Africa

Robert Meakin, Research and Development Director, Sirius Minerals

 10.20 Application of Micronutrients in Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Addressing micronutrient deficiencies in the soil and requirements of major crops 
  • The use of micronutrients to enhance nutrient use efficiency
  • Improving understanding of the agronomic benefits of incorporating micronutrients to improve crop yields
Job Kihara, Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
 10.40  Morning Coffee Break
11.20  Sustainable Intensification of Maize production in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Implications for Nutrient Management and Fertilizer Requirements
Martin K. van Ittesum, Professor, Wageningen University
 11.50 

Lime; a critical ingredient in African agriculture

  • Situation; soil pHs and liming requirements in Southern and East Africa
  • The market; supply and demand for lime in the region
  • Solutions; conventional lime and micronized alternatives  
Alvin Otieno, Agronomist East Africa, Omya International
12.10

Assessing the Market for Specialty Fertilizers in Southern Africa

  • Specific regional and crop demands
  • Assessing the affordability and availability of enhanced efficiency fertilizers

Pieter Haumann, CEO, FERTASA

12.40  Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
12.50 Lunch and End of Conference

*This agenda is subject to change

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For more information about the programme or speaking opportunities at Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018 conference, please contact Melissa Wong on:

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Opening Cocktail Reception 
Opening Cocktail Reception 




Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Lazaro Kitandu, CEO, Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA)
  • Henry Kargbo, Director of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
  • Jason Scarpone, CEO, AFAP
  • Luis Alfredo Perez, SVP – Yara Crop Nutrition Africa, Yara
  • Khaled Al-Rowais, SVP, Ma’aden
  • Frances Wollmer, Principal, Fertilizer Consulting, Argus
  • Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
  • Henry Ogola, Managing Director, ChemAgro
  • Dr Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
  • Bowen Williams, Director of Business Development, Lori Systems
  • Julia Franklin, Global Sourcing Director, One Acre Fund
  • Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr Rebbie Harawa, Head of Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms
  • James Mutonyi, Managing Director, AGMARK
  • Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder & Chairman, Zenvus
  • Job Kihara, Soil Fertility Expert, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • Martin K. van Ittesum, Professor, Wageningen University
  • Kindie Tesfaye, Researcher, CIMMYT
  • Dawit Solomon, Regional Program Leader, CCAFS East Africa Office
  • Pieter Haumann, CEO, FERTASA
  • Balbir Singh, Head Business Development and Agronomy, Indorama
  • Nassirou Ba, Agricultural Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Gideon Negedu, Executive Director, FEPSAN
  • Augustine Langyintuo, Senior Operations Officer - Agribusiness, International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group 

For more information on the programme or speaking opportunities at Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018 conference, please contact Melissa Wong on:

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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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