Monday, May 29, 2017
The FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Food Value Chain Development cordially invites you to the following webinar: Increasing access to markets and financial services: examples from the field and lessons for policy makers
Date: Monday, 29 May 2017
Time: 14.30 – 15.30 ECT (Rome time)
The agribusiness industry in Africa has witnessed considerable transformation over the past years, and even more significant changes are expected in the decades ahead. In this context, the agribusiness sector continues to struggle to access funding and investments from financial institutions. Nowadays, an increasing number of innovative success stories are the result of the design and delivery of a wide set of agricultural financial products. Pioneering institutions have developed innovative products in different domains of agricultural finance, which are based on an improved and more thorough assessment of the agricultural financial markets. Nevertheless, achieving a higher level of inclusion is greatly dependent on a set of pre-existing factors. This webinar will present the factors that enable the expansion of agribusiness and increase access to markets and investments by highlighting successful cases from a number of countries.
Speaker: Massimo Pera
Massimo Pera is the coordinator of the project “Strengthening linkages between buyers and small actors in the roots and tubers value chain in Africa” funded by the EU and implemented by FAO. He has experience in the design and implementation of programmes on agricultural finance and MSMEs support in developing countries. His assignment with FAO started in the Viet Nam office, where he managed projects on agricultural value chains development, and access to financial services for smallholder farmers. Massimo also worked on regional and global projects with the FAO Agribusiness and Finance team.