15 December 2015. This webinar recording organized by the World Bank’s AgriFin features the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF), an innovative public-private partnership initiated by KfW on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and managed byDeutsche Bank. It was attended by some 60 online participants.
AATIF supports agricultural value chains by providing debt and investments to commercial farms and processing companies. AATIF also provides financing and risk sharing facilities to financial institutions that want to increase lending to producers and agricultural SMEs. Our invited speakers discussed different aspects of the Fund as follows:
- Mr. Max Bock, assistant vice president in Sustainable Investments Europe at Deutsche Bank provided a detailed overview of the Fund’s objectives, structure, and functions. He discussed the Fund’s different financing instruments highlighting several investments made since AATIF’s inception.
- Mr. James Wabala, a sector specialist with Chase Bank, Kenya discussed how AATIF enables them to expand financing to new segments in agricultural value chains.
- Ms. Camila Castaneda Quintero, technical officer for the social finance program at the International Labor Organization (ILO), discussed the collaboration between ILO and AATIF that aims to foster positive social and environmental impacts of agricultural investments.
Who should listen?
- Investors and development partners interested in setting up similar investment funds.
- Bankers and other financiers interested in learning about how refinancing and risk sharing opportunities of targeted investment fundss can help address agricultural lending constraints.