Large Scale Farming in Africa

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Large Scale Farming in Africa
20-21 Apr 2010 – Cairo EGYPT

Day 1 – 20 Apr 2010, Tuesday

08:00     Morning Registrations & Coffee

09:00     Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction
Speaker: Tamer Hassan, Agro Operations Director, Dina Farms

09:10     Keynote Address : OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT IN EGYPT
Speaker: HE. Amin Ahmed Osman Abaza, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, The Arab Republic of Egypt

Keynote Address : OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT IN EGYPT
Speaker: Dr. Saad Nassar, Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, The Arab Republic of Egypt

09:30     Networking Refreshment

10:00     MARKET REVIEW & PRICE TRENDS OF SOFT COMMODITIES (RICE & GRAINS)
Speaker: Ashraf El Attal, Chairman & CEO, Egyptian Traders Co

10:45     GLOBAL AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT

  • Investment strategy
  • Production
  • Diversification
  • Issues
  • Hot commodities and regions

Speaker: Charlie Blomfield, Managing Director, Agricultural Management Company Pty Ltd

11:15    INVESTMENT IN AGRI FARMLAND IN AFRICA – CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

  • Diversification of land portfolio
  • Farm management to optimize returns of investment
  • Ownership vs leasing vs outgrowers mgt (contract farming)
  • Future plans & development

Speaker: Ramakrishna Karuturi, Founder & Managing Director, Karuturi Global Ltd

11:50     FARMLAND INVESTMENT BEYOND SOUTH AFRICA

  • Farmland investment in South Africa – experience sharing
  • Update on investment in Sub-Sahara Africa & Libya
  • Financing & risk management issues

Speaker: Dr. Theo de Jager, Deputy President, AgriSA

12:25     Discussion followed by Networking Lunch
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Large Scale Farming in Africa

13:45     Chairman’s Introduction
Speaker: Zhann Meyer, Regional Head – Africa, Commodity Traders and Agriculture, Standard Chartered Bank South Africa

13:50     GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK – IMPLICATIONS FOR AFRICA

  • How sustainable is the recovery?
  • What can we expect from major currencies and commodities in 2010?
  • Investment outlook

Speaker: Simon Kitchen, Senior Economist, EFG-Hermes

14:20     RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTION FOR AGRICULTURE CORPORATES
Speaker: Bernard Belk, Director, Senior Originator Corporate Agriculture, Swiss Re

14:50     CASE STUDY – LARGE SCALE FARMING IN EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA
Introduction & Scope of Operation

  • Cereals
  • Legumes
  • Bio- Fuels
  • Livestock

Production Environment

  • Markets Overview and Market Risk
  • Climate and associated risk.
  • Currency and Govt Risk
  • Skills base
  • Logistics

Risk Mitigation

  • Price risk and international hedging
  • Climate risk and integrated insurance.
  • Economic drivers and intervention risk strategy
  • Lowest cost per mt produced
  • Most grain per mm water.

Growth Strategies & Key Considerations

Investment Opportunities
Speaker: Justin Vermaak, Director, Bio Energy Investments Ltd

15:25     Discussion followed by Refreshment

16:00     SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT FOR LARGE FARMLANDS – MAKING GAINS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Speaker: Stuart Shepherd, Laboratory Services Manager Western Cape, SGS South Africa (PTY) Ltd

16:30     WATER MANAGEMENT FOR AGRI-INVESTMENT IN EGYPT

  • Irrigation system to support cultivation
  • Experience sharing from Dina Farms

Speaker: Tamer Hassan, Agro Operations Director, Dina Farms

17:00     Discussion followed by End of Day One

Day 2 – 21 Apr 2010, Wednesday

09:00     Chairman’s Introduction
Speaker: Dr. Theo de Jager, Deputy President, AgriSA

09:05     INNOVATIVE FINANCING OF INPUTS FOR COMMERCIAL FARMING VENTURES – THE CRITERIA FOR A WORKABLE DEAL

  • The critical importance of Precision Farming Methodology
  • Selection of a Contract Manager and Project Coordinator
  • Criteria for Commercial Farmers participating in the Input Finance Project
  • Multi-peril Insurance
  • The establishment of a market and the mitigation of Price Risk through derivative instruments

Speaker: Zhann Meyer, Regional Head – Africa, Commodity Traders and Agriculture, Standard Chartered Bank South Africa

09:35     INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN MOROCCO

  • Private/public partnership in the Green Morocco’s agricultural strategy

Speaker: Hicham Rhazri, Director of Administration and Finance Affairs, Moroccan Agency of Agricultural Development

10:05     PROSPECT OF AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT & INVESTMENT IN KENYA

  • What crops to focus on & what projects are of interest to the Government?
  • What policies & incentives are in place to attract investment?
  • What is the duration required to proceed with a farming project?
  • Security – ensuring investors interest
  • Latest land acquisition & utilization policies
  • Practices to protect local land rights
  • Access to water & irrigation system

Speaker: Dr. Johnson Irungu Waithaka, Director of Agriculture, Crop Management, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya

10:35     Discussion followed by Refreshment

11:00     INCREASING FARM PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

  • How can technology improve sustainable yield and productivity?
  • What are the technological options available?

Speaker: Andy Watt, MD – Syngenta East Africa Limited, Syngenta East Africa Limited (SEAL)

11:30     PROSPECT & PERFORMANCE OF AGRI-BUSINESS FUNDS

  • Global interest in agriculture as an investment
  • Structuring an international investment in agriculture
  • Case study of investment in Zambia
  • Mitigating risks in agricultural investment

Speaker: Neil Crowder, CEO, Chayton Capital

12:00     Discussion followed by Closing Lunch

13:15     End of Conference

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