WEST AFRICA FERTILIZER STAKEHOLDERS' FORUM 2014 "WAFSF"
2nd Annual West Africa Fertilizer Stakeholders’ Forum
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will host the 2014 annual West Africa Fertilizer Stakeholders’ Forum, focusing on the theme: “Getting the most out of fertilizers: blending to meet nutrient needs for increased productivity and investments”. The Forum is coordinated by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), and the Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) with support from the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) West Africa Fertilizer Program.
This follows the successful September 2013 inaugural Forum held in Accra, Ghana that was attended by more than 236 participants who shared business models and offered ways to improve logistics, policies, financing, subsidies, regulations and regional harmonization.
The objectives of the 2014 West Africa Fertilizer Stakeholders’ Forum are to:
- Improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of recent advances in soil testing, blending, briquetting and deep placement of fertilizers, and to discuss the practicability and economics of adopting these innovations;
- Expose and connect participants to various financing mechanisms available for investments in the fertilizer value chain in West Africa;
- Present a status report and share country level progress on regulatory harmonization, lessons from smart subsidy implementation, the status of the West Africa Fertilizer Traders’ Association and other advances addressing the constraints identified during the 2013 Fertilizer Stakeholders Forum;
- Provide business to business and match-making opportunities in the largest annual fertilizer networking event and private-public forum dialogue in West Africa.
Fertilizer value chain stakeholders are expected to attend, this includes: manufacturers, blenders, importers, distributors, retailers, logistics suppliers, financing institutions, policy makers, civil society organizations, researchers and extension agents, and development partners. ]The forum will be organized in three interactive sessions:
Public Private Dialogue: on the practicability and economics of technological advances in blending and briquetting, integrated soil fertility management, fertilizer supply chain financing mechanisms and policy constraints affecting fertilizer supply and use in West Africa.
- Group Sessions: to deepen discussions from the public private dialogue issues and themes, review status of 2013 forum commitments and identify new business opportunities.
- Business Fair: includes exhibits, networking, and business-to-business sessions by various fertilizer and allied businesses.
For more Information and Forum registration http://wafsforum.co.za/