24- 25
The 5th World Congress on Rural and Agriculture Finance

Thursday, November 24, 2016 to Friday, November 25, 2016

The African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) in collaboration with other associations are organizing the 5th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance, scheduled to hold from 24 to 25 November 2016 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.

The world congress, which is being organized every three years, was last held in Paris, France from 26 to 28 September 2013. The forum is expected to bring together who is who in rural and agricultural finance and stakeholders around the globe to share experiences on emerging and cross cutting issues on the industry. 

One of the key objectives of the upcoming world congress is to show case best practices and innovations in rural and agricultural finance space world over. 

The forum provides good platform to share core and complimentary competencies on best practices, innovations and promotes international and interregional cooperation.
In the context of rapid demographic growth and climate change and in order to key-in to attaining the objectives the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is essential to improve rural and agricultural aimed at boosting agricultural production to meet a growing consumption demand. This will enable tackle food insecurity, wealth/job creation, while ensuring that agriculture and rural development is in line with sustainability, social harmony and natural resources conservation. Agricultural and rural finance institutions are major stakeholders in these challenges as they continuously innovate in order to provide rural people with the most appropriate and suitable financial services that take into account their existing needs and anticipate the change to come.