7- 8 November 2016. Brussels. By focusing on the practicalities of blending finance for agriculture, this conference aimed to contribute to the knowledge base on how this can best be done, and to bring together key stakeholders who, working together, can catalyse the change towards more impactful public sector funding of agriculture.
Most discussion of blended finance has been on healthcare, financial services and infrastructure, in line with the major activities funded in this manner. In its 2015 survey, OECD/WEF found that among respondents, only 4.7% of blended finance had been for food and agriculture.
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During the conference there were a number of social reporters sending tweets and writing blogs.
- Achieving leverage in Central Bank and other national agri-finance and guarantee schemes – what are the experiences in using public support to unlock private funding for smallholder agriculture?
- Venture capital and blending – how venture capital investors in developing countries can collaborate with foundations and other sources of blended finance for agri-investments
- Local currency issues. What is the scope for raising local currency financing from domestic sources for agriculture finance? What are the international facilities available for managing currency risk?
- Tackling the last mile challenge: how can actors in blended finance collaborate to viably finance farmers who sell only in local markets?