Webinar series Financing Smallholder Agriculture for Rural Transformation (FINSMART) –1. Agricultural Value Chain Finance: A Para-digm shift in financial service delivery

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Time: 2.00 pm, Bangkok time (GMT+7 hrs.) Duration: 75 min

The overarching objectives of the webinar series FINSMART offered by APRACA jointly with other national/international agencies are aimed to build the capacity of financial institutions in the Asia-Pacific region engaged with the smallholders and downstream actors in the agricultural value chains so as to ensure efficient strategies and measures are being taken to challenge the post-COVID19 situation and seamless flow of finance and investments in to the sector. The webinar series are also envisioned to provide an avenue for knowledge sharing by the stakeholders on concrete innovative actions/strategies/pathways on the ground along APRACA strategic objectives 2019-2024 via technology-mediated social platforms that would directly benefit the financial institutions/investors/agribusiness companies and smallholders engaged in agricultural and rural development.

The expected outcome of the webinar series is to (a) contribute and highlights the issues and challenges of the region to the ongoing global dialogue and (b) to support the financial institutions, national governments in the region to undertake the right strategies and measures to deal with the on-going pandemic and its aftershock.

Areas to be covered during the dis-cussions/interactions:

· Lending models that works to promote efficiency in agricultural value chains;
· Identifying the financing needed to strengthen the chain and reach out to all actors;
· Internal and External value chain financing to customize processes and lending instruments.

Organizations to join webinars:

1.All regular and affiliated members of APRACA;
2.Private sector players engaged in Agribusiness and its development services.