Training opportunities

24- 26
Training workshop on agricultural loan analysis

Monday, August 24, 2015 to Wednesday, August 26, 2015

INTRODUCTION As all practitioners of rural and agricultural lending know, agricultural lending is expensive and the risks high. Furthermore, collecting the right information to make sound loan decisions in agricultural lending is equally daunting. The Agri-loan analysis workshop focuses on practical tools and theories for agricultural loan appraisal. The training sessions include interactive discussions and hands on training using the Loan Analyzer.xls- A robust, comprehensive and user-friendly software facilitating both simple and complex agriculture and agribusiness loan appraisals.


Calvin Miller is an agricultural economist and finance specialist with significant experience in agricultural finance, microfinance and investment as well as agricultural economic development. He has developed and taught numerous trainings and training-of-trainer workshops on this topic in various countries. Mr. Miller currently works as the Senior Officer and Group Leader of the FAO Agribusiness and Finance Group. Prior to joining FAO, Mr. Miller worked as Country Manager of MEDA in Bolivia, Director of Economic Development with CARE, and as a consultant with numerous development agencies. Mr. Miller is a founder and active member of MicroVest, a $200 million dollar global, socially responsive family of microfinance investment funds financed by private sector investors. He is also a member of the Board of FairTrade Access Investment Fund and an author of numerous publications including a book on Agricultural Value Chain Finance: Tools and Lessons and publications on Agricultural Investment Funds for Developing Countries and Agricultural Guarantee Schemes.

Akos Szebeni is a consultant to the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations where he is involved in the development of a versatile and scalable agricultural credit underwriting toolkit. Prior to joining AGS, he was involved in exploring innovative ways to improve access to finance and investment for MSEs in emerging economies through research roles at the FAO Investment Center and at MicroCapital, a private microfinance market intelligence firm. In the past, he has held a variety of commercial and investment banking roles at global financial institutions such as Citigroup, as well as boutique investment firms where he was responsible for supporting a variety of loan underwriting; financial and credit analysis; mergers and acquisitions; capital raising and private equity transactions for emerging MSEs globally. Mr. Szebeni holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Rome and is a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

Toshiaki Ono is an agribusiness officer on finance and investment at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) where he leads several initiatives to promote investment in the agricultural sector. Prior to joining FAO, Mr. Ono held several positions at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where he worked for various manufacturing sector and agribusiness development projects in South Asia and Africa. He also has practical experience in debt financing and investment banking through his earlier work at the Development Bank of Japan and Nomura for over 7 years. Mr. Ono holds an MBA from Columbia University, USA.

Registration fees:

$1,000 for non-AFRACA members

$800 for AFRACA members