19 May 2021. ‘Agri finance for transformation: Partnering along sustainable value chains’. This session, the first in a series organised by DAI and ECDPM, explored how to effectively finance the diversification and upgrading of agriculture along sustainable and resilient agri-value chains in an inclusive manner, potential innovative mechanism to help financiers partnering along sustainable value chains and how they are supported.
With more than 60% of Africa’s population (and over 80% in some countries) depending on small or micro-scale farming as their primary source of livelihood, enhancing the resilience and sustainability of agrifood systems should be a priority to build back better in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, agriculture in Africa receives less than 3% of banking credit and accounts for less than 3% of Africa governments’ expenditure.
- Matthew Brooke, Policy Officer, Private Sector/ Agribusiness, Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), European Commission
- Bettina Prato, Senior Coordinator for the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- Suzanne van Tilburg, Global Head F&A Networks, Rabobank
- Bill Grant, Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist, Agriculture and Market Systems, DAI
- Facilitator: San Bilal, Head of Programme Economic and Agricultural Transformation, ECDPM