2020 Agenda

AgriBusiness GlobalSM BioSolutions Africa 2020
30 June – 1 July 2020 • Johannesburg, South Africa • Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre

Day 1 Focus: Real-World Production Systems

0930-1015

Opening Keynote: The Retailer of Tomorrow

Retailers are more vertically integrated than ever before to create more transparency in all facets of production from farm to fork. Learn how consumer demand is forcing retailers to monitor and measure production systems, inputs, environmental impact, social consequences, and trade implications in the short-term and what a retailer might look like 10 years from now.

1015-1100

Global Overview: Biological Product Market Share and Adoption

Biological products are one of the fastest growing market segments for crop inputs. Different regions around the world have embraced these products differently and at different rates. Discuss product adoption and demand drivers behind the most prevalent products, application practices, and new technologies.

1100-1200

Roundtable Discussion 1: Join the Conversation

Delegates will choose topic-based roundtable discussions to explore issues based on a pre-conference survey. Each session will be peer-led to ensure pragmatic dialogue and quality networking. Participants will have the opportunity to share real-world challenges and solutions on how these issues might be addressed.

1200-1330

Lunch

1330-1400

Moderated Presentation and Feedback from Roundtable Discussions

1400-1440

Grower Success Stories: Assessing ROI on Bio Product Integration

The integration of biological products into traditional production systems can reduce MRLs on export crops, treat specific pests, improve yields and plant health during critical application timings, and provide a marketing advantage with a more sustainable operation. Learn how successful farm operations have used biological products to optimize agronomics and market access.

1440-1530

Lightning Round: Agronomic Solutions for Growers

Learn about new products, target pests, field trials, and approvals throughout the world. Lightning Round presentations will discuss R&D infrastructure, registrations in various markets, and growth strategies in the biopesticide and biostimulant segments.

1530-1600

Coffee & Tea Break

1600-1700

Grower Panel Discussion

Join farmers from fruit, vegetable, and orchard operations to discuss case studies in product selection for specific agronomic challenges and market access. Are manufacturers listening to growers’ needs? Are specific challenges being unmet? Learn how the value chain can work more cohesively for the betterment of farmers, food production, and industry from field to fork.

1700-1830

Cocktail Reception

Day 2 Focus: Regulatory Update and Supply Chain Integration

0900-0930

Welcome, Coffee & Tea

0930-1015

Market Overview: Integrated Products Creating Opportunity

Join Southern Africa’s leading biological organization to discuss market adoption, pest pressures, and cropping opportunities in South Africa and neighboring markets. Learn how South Africa’s value chain can help introduce new products and solutions throughout Southern Africa.

1015-1100

Supply Chain Integration: The New IPM

Distribution companies of all sizes are looking at ways to offer their customers everything they need and how to work with agents to ensure that technical information is reaching the end users. Get tips on finding the right in-country partners and/or licensing agreements, and understand how biological products are pushed and pulled through dealer networks, agents, and farmers.

1100-1200

Roundtable Discussion 2: Join the Conversation

Delegates will choose topic-based roundtable discussions to explore issues based on a pre-conference survey. Each session will be peer-led to ensure pragmatic dialogue and quality networking. Participants will have the opportunity to share real-world challenges and solutions on how these issues might be addressed.

1200-1330

Lunch

1330-1400

Moderated Presentation and Feedback from Roundtable Discussions

1400-1445

Decision Support Tools for Production Optimization

What does biological integration look like for traditional production systems? How can agents ensure they are providing solutions-based agronomic advice is reaching farmers? Find out how joint ventures, marketing agreements, licensing, or other partnerships can provide help broaden product portfolios.

1445-1530

Regulatory Update

Fast track, me-too, and other mechanisms can expedite approval processes in key markets, but regulatory oversight is still being refined in Southern Africa. Learn how regulatory bodies are exploring better ways to bring products to market and the role that manufacturers play in providing data and trials for each biological segment.

1530-1600

Break

1600-1700

Panel discussion: Forming the Farm of the Future

The newly established Africa Free Trade Zone could revolutionize access to approved products, mechanization, and lower the barrier of entry for agriculture input manufacturers and farmers alike. Learn how the confluence of factors discussed during the conference are setting the stage for incremental change in 2020 and beyond.