Innovations in Agricultural Finance: The Way Forward to Include Smallholder Households in Rural Financial Systems - RFILC

During this workshop the FAO will provide the latest trends showing the development of rural and agricultural financial markets in developing countries. This will motivate the discussion on an emerging number of innovations in the delivery of agricultural financial products that are more inclusive of smallholder households.

Specific innovative approaches to facilitate and deliver agricultural credit, savings and insurance, will be described by those financial institutions and development practitioners implementing them. These organizations include financial service providers like Sembrar-Sartawi from Bolivia, and FIRA and Banamex from México. In addition, public interventions made by SAGARPA from México to promote the development of agricultural insurance markets will be showcased. Additional cases from Africa and Asia will be presented.

The achievements and remaining challenges will be identified by academic leaders from the Ohio State University, in order to motivate an interactive discussion on the way forward to promote rural financial markets in developing countries that are more inclusive of smallholder households.

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