Risk taxonomies in agricultural microfinance

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

15:00 – 16:00 (CET)

The goal of the webinar is to introduce risk taxonomy as a key component of operational risk management and credit risk management for microfinance institutions looking to serve farmers in developing countries. 

Risk management, as a field and a body of knowledge, has been used sparsely in agriculture finance, especially at the microfinance level. Participants in this webinar will learn about risk taxonomies as an effective tool to classify risk. Applications for credit scoring, climate smart agriculture, risk modeling using system dynamic models and others are going to be shared. 

Therefore, the emphasis is on the importance that risk taxonomies have in the present and are going to have in the near future. 

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Fernando Neri is founder and CEO at Parity Consultores Bolivianos since 2007. Parity-CB is a Bolivian consulting firm with international reach that specializes in maximizing the operational efficiency of microfinance institutions, as well as the development of innovative products and processes that use disruptive technology at their core. 

Parity-CB analyses and evaluates agricultural value chains and risk management for micro finance institutions, especially those related to climate change and the agricultural sector. 

Fernando is a member of the Investment Committee at the Sembrar Alimentario and Sembrar Exportador funds at Capital + SAFI, Director at Sembrar Sartawi and Professor at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance for its programs in Latin America and Turin, Italy. 

Before founding Parity-CB, he was a consultant for IPC GmbH in Central America, National Director of Agricultural Credit in the Ministry of Economic Development in Bolivia, consultant for Diamond Management & Technology Consultants in Chicago, Business Consultant and administrator of the CFSI Investment Fund at Shorebank Advisory Services in Chicago and Assistant Chief Information Officer at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. 

Fernando has a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics, Technology and Finance from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Cornell University and a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialization in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the Pan-American School of Agriculture – El Zamorano, in Honduras.