June 2015
From the editor

From the Editor,

We would like to start this month’s newsletter by congratulating our IFAD colleagues on the on-line launch of the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM). The Platform will enhance the sharing of knowledge in the domain agricultural risk management, keeping practitioners informed on the work done by their peers in different countries and disseminating news and updates on agricultural risk management-related activities and events. PARM is a partnership between the European Commission (EC), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), NEPAD and other development partners.

In addition, we would like to highlight the new IFAD publication on improving agricultural risk management in sub-Saharan Africa: Remote sensing for index insurance – findings and lessons so far. The publication highlights project experiences in developing satellite information for index insurance. It documents contributions to filling the critical gap in country weather and yield data through remote sensing solutions, and current lessons in using these for index insurance to help smallholder farmers better manage yield losses.

Furthermore, FAO has just published a review of warehouse receipt legislation and related regulatory practices – Designing warehouse receipt legislation: regulatory options and recent trends. This publication provides guidance for countries seeking to develop or reform existing warehouse receipt legislation. It highlights the importance of core elements of a good enabling legislation, while suggesting flexibility to accommodate country specificities. A supportive legal framework is a common precondition for confidence in and acceptance of warehouse receipts for producers, credit providers and market participants.

Last but not least, the Boulder Institute in partnership with FAO and CABFIN will offer a highly specialized training program, the Rural and Agricultural Finance Program (RAFP), which will be held in Turin, Italy from July 20th to August 7th, 2015. The RAFP is offered only in English and is designed for experienced rural and agricultural finance practitioners and institutions. The program will feature faculty from leading institutions in rural and agricultural finance that will share their experiences through case studies, exercises, expert panels and presentations. To register, click here.

Best regards,

The RFILC editorial team

We hope you enjoy your visit to the RFILC.


The Rural Finance and Investment Learning Centre is a part of the CABFIN Partnership Project which aims to promote and facilitate capacity building in rural finance. The concerns of rural finance are to ensure that people living in rural areas have access to financial services such as deposit and money transfer facilities, insurance and loan products. Effective use of these services can help to improve livelihoods and reduce rural poverty. The following CABFIN Partners have provided financial support to the RFILC: