Sunday 18, June 2017 by Matthew Amlôt

Gov and industry leaders discuss opportunities for West African fertiliser and agribusiness trade

The West Africa fertiliser Agribusiness conference is being organised by CRU Events and the African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) on 10-12 July at the Movenpick Hotel Accra.

The event came at a time when the Ghanaian fertiliser and agribusiness sector is undergoing an incredible boost from the country’s new leadership, making it the perfect moment to explore the region's potential using the conference’s main themes of partnership, investment and innovation.

“The three-day conference and networking event will attract over 250 attendees and feature specialist workshops, keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, break-out sessions and a site visit to the Nestle Tema factory,” says CRU Events CEO Nicola Coslett.

“Sessions will explore critical issues such as how the cost of fertiliser for West African farmers and how supply chains of agricultural inputs can be improved, how local government and international suppliers of fertiliser can work in partnership to build strong agribusiness,” said Pierre Brunache, Chief Agribusiness Officer at AFAP.

“The conference will also look into how innovation in areas of finance or communication can be used in West African agribusiness, financing tools to enable fertiliser trade and investment in the agribusiness value chain and how to encourage youth participation and support women in agribusiness,” continued Mr. Brunache.

The agenda features over 25 speakers including opening keynote presentations from Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang the Chairman of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and Tchambacou Ayassor the Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources at The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Fertiliser industry leaders such as Onajite Okoloko, Group CEO and MD of Notore Chemical Industries and Danquah Addo-Yobbo, MD of Yara Ghana will also give their views.

“We are pleased that the conference has the support of organisations like OCP Africa, Nectar Group, Omni Fert and Yara Group who are sponsoring the conference. This event will be unmissable for everybody involved in the West African fertiliser and agribusiness sectors,” said Ms. Coslett. 

The conference marks the second in the continuing collaboration between CRU Events and AFAP. This unique partnership offers unrivalled networking opportunities with senior decision makers from the biggest fertiliser buyers and manufacturers in some of the world’s fastest growing fertiliser markets. 

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