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9th Annual Africa Sugar

9 – 11 April 2019, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Kenya

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IBC’s 9th Africa Sugar is back, bigger, better and as part of a wider Soft Commodity Week with 3 co located conferences. Having demonstrated quality in content and business partnerships, this is by far the leading event for the region, now further bolstered by being part of the Soft Commodity Week, Africa.

With a high level organizing committee providing input to reshape the agenda, 2019 will see new and innovative subject matter impacting the industry today. Focusing on finding new markets for sugar, creating new revenue streams, trade, innovation and digitalisation in production, and best practices in various sustainability impact areas, the conference will bring a tailored approach to what’s best for the African region.

New in 2019

  • Trade, import regimes and negotiations
  • Implementation of trade agreements
  • Strategies to manage the short term low prices and bearish outlook
  • Export market dynamics
  • Sugar price outlook
  • Creating new markets for sugar and by products
  • Digitalisation technologies being adopted in the sugar processing industry
  • Cane pricing and best practice in various models
  • Regional market updates on trade and production efficiencies
  • Water management
  • Attracting investors
  • Financing, funding and policy for smallholder outgrower schemes
  • Improving efficiencies and sustainability in outgrowers production

Part of

Soft Commodities Week Africa »

The first ever Soft Commodities Week Africa is a uniquely positioned combination of 3 separate conferences, addressing the hottest issues in Sustainability, AgTech, digital disruption, investment and business partnerships. 300+ high level decision makers will convene to set the agenda for agriculture in Africa, and how industry can drive innovation, new business models and partnerships for a sustainable future.

Co located events


8:00 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

8:50 am

IBC Asia’s Opening Remarks

9:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Jose Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Organization (ISO)


Welcome Address: Key Initiatives to Progress Agriculture in Kenya with the SH25 Billion Budget

Interim Director General, AFA, Kenya,

9:10 am

  • Key crops, trade and investment overview in the region
  • Directives for the sector, and COMESA initiatives planned
  • Responsible Investment
  • Industry partnerships being sought

9:50 am

  • What are the required investments to strengthen Africa’s economic transformation in agriculture and food?
  • Supporting economic diversification and development through sustainable practices
  • Climate smart agriculture – key practicalities and priorities for Africa
  • Mechanisation and digitalisation trends in next-generation farming and processing

10:30 am

Morning Networking & Refreshment Break

Africa Sugar Conference Commences

11:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


11:10 am

World Sugar Market Outlook – What Future Holds for Africa?

Jose Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Organization (ISO)

11:30 am

  • Sugar consumption and forecast to 2020
  • Supply Chain opportunities in distribution and warehousing
  • Destination markets to grow: EU, US, Southern Africa
  • Investment and diversification consideration for millers and refiners

12:00 pm

  • Sugar market policies updates
  • Local market prices, impost outlook and supplies sources for Kenya
  • Adopting plantation and irrigation farming and mechanisation

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch


2:00 pm

  • Price projections
  • Overview of global sugar industry to price and hedge transactions
  • Detailed trends and components of the sugar price forecast & prognosis
  • Sugar futures & options

2:30 pm

  • Global ethanol policy, production and trade dynamics
  • Advanced Biofules: Availability, readiness and investment
  • Ethanol production expansion: Challenges and opportunities

3:00 pm

  • Sugar distribution and supply chain management
  • How emerging market currencies influence international sugar trade
  • Raw material price and risk management

3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break


4:00 pm

  • Digitalisation of sugar manufacturing operations
  • Recent use cases, and applicability to Africa
  • Investment required
  • Outlook for usage of smart technologies amongst Africa sugar producers

4:30 pm

  • Modernisation of sugar warehouses
  • ICT and warehousing performance
  • Innovative warehousing technologies and supply management
  • Cost optimisation and future of logistics industry

5:00 pm

Chairperson’s Summary and End of Day One

6:30 pm

Gala Dinner

8:50 am

Morning Coffee

8:55 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


9:00 am

Production, Trade and Diversification in Swaziland

Nick Jackson, Managing Director, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation

9:30 am

  • South Africa sugar industry overview
  • DBRP Tariff policy drivers, and implementation framework
  • Calculation methods
  • Policy implications

10:00 am

  • Trade opportunities in the region
  • Addressing Supply chain and logistics barriers
  • Managing price disparities

10:30 am

Diversification in Africa Sugar Industry: Ethanol Trade and Demand (TBC)

Peter De Klerk, Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

11:00 am

Morning Tea


11:20 am

  • Climate smart agriculture practices for sugar
  • Crop management initiatives
  • AgTech applications gaining traction
  • Succeeding with outgrower management

Panelists to be confirmed

12:40 pm

  • Sugar cane irrigation options and comparison
  • Center pivot sprinkle irrigation system-Smart way
  • Maximising water-use efficiencies: Production and Profitability

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch


2:00 pm

  • Global sugar current and future market outlook
  • Continue to improve industry competitiveness
  • Specialty Sugar trade and U.S. Tariff-Rate Quota

2:30 pm

  • Strategic market assessments for sugar and ethanol
  • Investments for Agri-tech application
  • Investment opportunity in Agribusiness

3:00 pm

  • Sugar supply and prices in Uganda
  • Uganda sugar output forecasting and local consumption
  • Competition for cane and sugar quality
  • Plans to meet country sugar demand

3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

4:00 pm

  • The current challenges
  • Improving profitability and sustainability for cane farmers
  • Case study on sugarcane outgrowers cooperative
  • Sustainable contract farming initative
  • Cane pricing models in use
  • Relooking at partnerships and collaboration going ahead

5:00 pm

Chairperson’s Summary and Close of Conference

9:00 am

Managing climate change is a crucial part of all agribusinesses and governments to optimise    productivity and be resilient. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is becoming increasingly recognised as an approach for tackling the challenges posed to its food system and significantly mitigating the risks and impacts of climate change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Major regional crops’ CSA programs are covered
  • Overview of the development and implementation of climate change policies, strategies, action plans in the region and globally
  • Current adoption of CSA pilots and models across Africa
  • Case studies and evaluations for successful adoption, up-scaling and replication of CSA
  • Key insights into implementing CSA and identifying priority action areas

1:00 pm

End of Workshop


Packages Price
2 Day ConferenceUS $1799US $1599Early BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference + Pre Conference WorkshopUS $2199US $1999Early BirdEarly Bird
Extras Price
Gala Dinner US $100

Super Early Bird Rate: Register & Pay by 21 December 2018
2 Day Conference : USD 1,399
2 Day Conference + Pre Conference Workshop: USD 1,799

For Super Early Bird Rate registration, email info@ibcasia.com.sg or call +65 6508 2477

Early Bird Rate: Register & Pay by 26 January 2019

Register 3 Delegates and get 1 FREE PASS
Register 5 Delegates and get 2 FREE PASSES
(Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day main conference package only)

For Group Registrations of more than 3 team members:
email info@ibcasia.com.sg or call +65 6508 2477


  • Multiple Bookings Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 3 or more delegates from the same organisation registering for the same event, at the same time.
  • Fee stated is the discounted price PER DELEGATE. Only one discount applies; either the early bird rate OR group rate.
  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • All delegates from Singapore-based companies are required to pay an additional 7% GST (SINGAPORE EVENTS ONLY)
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Jose Orive

Executive Director, International Sugar Organization (ISO)

Interim Director General, AFA, Kenya

Thierry Kalonji

Director of Investment and Agriculture, COMESA, Zambia

Chimimba David Phiri

FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Ethiopia

Andre Lubbe

Group Commercial Director, ILLOVO SUGAR AFRICA (PTY) LTD

Solomon Odera

Interim Head – Sugar Directorate, Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) Kenya

Alan Wood

Senior VP, Global Sugars Group, ASR Group Tate & Lyle Sugars, UK

Phil Mnisi

Chief Executive, Swaziland Sugar Association, Swaziland

Alexandre Luneau

Executive Committee Member, Tereos, France

Nick Jackson

Managing Director, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation

Suresh Naidoon

Chairman, South African Sugar Association (SASA)

Hassan Erwa

Sales and Marketing Corporate Director, Kenana Sugar Company Ltd, Sudan

Peter De Klerk

Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

Kenneth Barungi

Deputy General Manager, Kakira Sugar Limited, Uganda

Martin Todd

Managing Director, LMC International

Hugh Glyn Jones

Managing Director, Booker-Tate, UK

Mwine Jim Kaberho

Director, Madhvani Group, Chairman, Uganda Sugar Manufactures Association (USMA)

Catherine Mungai

Partnerships and Policy Specialist, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS)

when & where

09 - 11 Apr 2019

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi
Mkungu Close, Westlands
49719  Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 709 548000
Email: hotel.nairobi@movenpick.com
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