This is a new campaign by IFA and its partners in conjunction with the FAO 2014 International Year of Family Farming and the African Union 2014 Year of Agriculture. 


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    Smallholders'Access to Inputs in Africa

    Hosted by the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
    Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer 2015
    Addis Abeba, 19 February 2015

    Chair: Richard Mkandawire

    Vice-President, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)


    Professor Richard Mkandawire is a Socio-economist and a rural development expert.
    He is a graduate of the University of Malawi (Bachelor of Social Science), University of Missouri, Columbia USA (MA and MSc.), and the University of East Anglia, UK (PhD). Prof. Mkandawire has previously taught in the Universities of Malawi, Zambia, and in South Africa.
    He is currently Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership. Before taking this position, he worked as a Senior Advisor to New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and leading the conceptualization and implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
    Professor Mkandawire is a member of the Malawi Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy, and is a member of the National Development Council of Malawi.

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    Speakers & Presentations

    Bashir Jama

    Director of Soil Health Program, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

    Presentation:Overview of African Smallholder Agriculture

    Bashir Jama is a soil scientist who leads a program to help increase food security and improve livelihoods among smallholder farmers in 17 sub-Saharan Africa countries by promoting the use of crop-boosting practices, such as integrated soil fertility management.
    He has served on several international expert committees, most notably the U.N. Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger. Jama has conducted research and published extensively on agroforestry technologies, particularly on integrated soil fertility management strategies for smallholder, low-input systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Jama holds a doctorate in agroforestry from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
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    Jenya Shandina

    Input Team Manager, One Acre Fund

    Presentation: New Distribution Models for Reaching Smallholders

    Jenya manages fertilizer and seed procurement for One Acre Fund's operations in East Africa. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Before joining One Acre Fund in 2012, Jenya spent several years at JPMorgan Chase.
    She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from New York University and a MA degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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    Amos Namanga Ngongi

    Founding Chairman, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
    Former President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

    Presentation: Barriers Faced by Farmers

    Dr. Namanga Ngongi is the founding chairman of the AFAP board of trustees. Until April 2012, he was the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a job he took after decades of service to the United Nations. Ngongi joined the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) as head of the East and Southern Africa service and later served the WFP as deputy executive director. He was appointed undersecretary-general and special representative to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a role that required him to manage peacekeeping operations, organize peace negotiations, and oversee delivery of humanitarian aid. Ngongi started his career as an agricultural extension officer in Cameroon, where he owns a farm. He earned agricultural degrees from California State and Cornell Universities.
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    Nega Wubeneh
    Senior Director, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
    Presentation: Government Interventions: Ethiopia’s Fertilizer Voucher program

    Nega joined the ATA in 2012 on a secondment from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) where he has been working as a Policy Program Officer for markets and trade. Prior to AGRA, Nega was working as Agricultural Research Officer at the CGIAR Science Council Secretariat in FAO, Rome; as a Senior Research Assistant at the Livestock Policy Analysis Program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); and as a Statistician and team leader at the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Addis Ababa Industry and Handicrafts Bureau.
    He has experience in quantitative policy analysis, project management and monitoring and evaluation. Nega did a PhD and has MSc in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, USA, in International development and Policy, and BA and BSc in Economics and Statistics from Addis Ababa University. 

    Smallholders'Access to Inputs in Africa

    Hosted by One Acre Fund and the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
    Rome, 17 October 2014

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    Charles Ogang
    Ugandan Farmers’ Federation and World Farmers’ Organization
    Presentation: Access to Inputs for Smallholders in Africa by Charles Ogang

    Stephanie Hanson
    Senior Vice-President Policy and Partnerships One Acre Fund
    Presentation: One Acre Fund

    Nega Wubeneh

    Senior Director Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
    Presentation: Innovations in Improving Access to Inputs to Smallholder farmers in Ethiopia

    Michael Michene
    Sustainability Policy Director Croplife International
    Presentation: Commercial Access to Inputs in Africa

    Smallholder's Access to Fertilizers in Africa

    Hosted by African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
    African Green Revolution Forum 2014
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 3 September 2014

    IFA Press Release : New Campaign Promotes Access to Fertilizers for African Farmers


    Dr. Richard Mkandawire
    Vice President, AFAP
    Interview of Dr Richard Mkandawire with BBC World News

    Dr. Jeroen Huising
    Senior Soil Scientist, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
    Presentation: Integrated Soil Fertility, Management and its Role in the Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder farming systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Rutger Bonsel
    Innovation Marketing Manager, Stamicarbon
    Presentation: Accessibility and Affordability of Urea Fertilizer in the Heartland of Africa

    Vanessa Adams
    Director, USAID Agribusiness Market Development Project
    Presentation: Agribusiness Growth Program-Agribusiness Market Development

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