GPCA's 11th Agri-Nutrients Conference to start online on 15 September

Author: Richard Ewing


LONDON (ICIS)--Leading players from the fertilizer industry in the Middle East and beyond will come together online on Wednesday, 15 September for a series of high-level discussions at The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association’s (GPCA) 11th Agri-Nutrients Conference.

Under the theme “Forging new avenues for a food secure future”, the prestigious event will take place virtually on 15-16 September, with free registration available at

The line-up of speakers includes experts from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), and key agri-nutrient producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including SABIC in Saudi Arabia, QAFCO in Qatar and GPIC in Bahrain.

Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi, CEO of QAFCO, and chairman of GPCA Agri-nutrients Committee and a member of the GPCA board, will deliver the welcome remarks on day one.

A representative from the FAO will deliver the first keynote address on how to "Strengthen the foundation of the global food security agenda in the wake of the pandemic".

Other topics for the opening day include ways market participants can capture the full potential of blue ammonia, which has been identified as a low-carbon tool in the battle against climate change.

Samir Al-Abdrabbuh, EVP of Agri-Nutrients at SABIC and vice-chairman of GPCA's Agri-nutrients Committee, will welcome attendees on day two (Thursday).

He will be followed by Patrick Heffer, deputy director general of the IFA, who will lead the keynote session entitled: "How will advanced farming techniques help strengthen the GCC’s self-sufficiency agenda".

"The conference arrives just at the right time – more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic erupted across the world, threatening one in every nine of the world’s population of chronic undernourishment – to shed light on the importance of achieving global food security and highlight the role of agri-nutrients in supporting food production during the pandemic," GPCA said.

"The Arabian Gulf remains an important hub globally for the production and export of agri-nutrients, with the regional industry estimated to support the food supply of 5% of the world’s population, or 350m people across the globe.

"This figure is indicative of the significance of agri-nutrients for society, particularly as the world’s population is estimated to reach 9bn by 2050, pushing demand for food to almost double."