Agricultural Investment Funds for Development: comparative analysis and lessons-learned

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A recent FAO study analyzed over 60 agricultural investment funds with a total of US$7.1 billion under the management. Motivated by the renewed interest in supporting the agricultural sector in developing countries, public investors play a distinctive role in these funds allowing private investors to take risks and pursue investment opportunities ranging from farmer cooperatives, rural microfinance institutions to agribusiness SMEs. What are the unique features of these funds? How do they yield positive financial return as well as development impact? The BBL will discuss major findings from the study including case studies and policy recommendations. Please join us and participate in the exchange!


Panos Varangis, Global lead, Agriculture Finance, Finance & Markets GP


Calvin Miller, Agricultural and rural finance expert and former team leader of the Agribusiness and Finance Group, FAO

Toshiaki Ono, Financial Sector Specialist, Finance & Markets GP

About the speaker:

Calvin Miller is an experienced expert on agricultural and rural finance and investment as well as working in rural economic development with smallholder organizations. Mr Miller is a consultant recently retired from the UN FAO where he was Senior Officer and Leader of the Agribusiness and Finance Group. He is an Agricultural Economist and prior to FAO has worked as Country Manager of MEDA in Bolivia and as Director of Economic Development in CARE, plus consulting with numerous development agencies. He was founder of MicroVest, a $350 million dollar, global, socially responsive, family of microfinance investment funds financed by private sector investors and Chairs the Board of FairTrade Access Investment Fund. He is the author of numerous publications, including a well-known book titled Agricultural Value Chain Finance: Tools and Lessons and publications on Agricultural Investment Funds for Developing Countries and Agricultural Guarantee Schemes. He is now based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and his current work involves research on non-traditional finance that impacts smallholder productivity and economic growth and development on a financial facility.

Toshiaki Ono is a financial sector specialist at the World Bank where he works on agricultural finance projects. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr Ono held several positions at FAO and UNIDO where he worked for various agricultural finance and agribusiness development projects in South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and Africa (Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). He also has practical experience in debt financing and investment banking through his earlier work at the Development Bank of Japan and Nomura.

Webinar time: Wednesday, December 14th from 12:00 to 13:30 pm | Room F4-600 and Webex

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