35. Financing agri-value chains

 ‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains‘– this is the theme of the last Brussels Development Briefing’ which was held on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels. It was organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord.
More than 140 participants discussed key role of finance for value chain development and emphasized the innovations in financial instruments and service.
The Briefing looked at finance as a key driver for value chain development and discussed the concept of agricultural value chain finance, new opportunities for financiers, and the new context of value chain finance in Africa – including the development of ICTs that support innovative applications. It examined the innovations in financial instruments and services and presented concrete examples of more current applications on the ground which demonstrate the potential of value chain finance for shaping African agriculture.

Extra materials:

Below you may find the programme of the event, photos, the presentations of the speakers, as well as other useful information:

Presentations & Videos:

In addition, below you can consult the presentations given at the event, by clicking on the word “presentation” corresponding to each individual panelist.
You can also watch the video recordings of all the speeches by clicking on the word “video” corresponding to each individual panelist. The video registration of the entire briefing can be viewed online here.
Finally, you can read the summaries of the speeches made by the speakers, by clicking on the word “summary” corresponding to each individual panelist.

Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Introductory remarks[video]

  • Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary General, ACP Secretariat;
  • Denis Salord, Head of Unit, Regional Programmes Sub-Saharan Africa & ACP-wide, DG DEVCO, European Commission [presentation];
  • Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

Panel 1: Finance: a key driver for value chain development [video]

Chair: H.E. Frédéric Assomption Korsaga, Ambassador of Burkina Faso

Panellists:

- The concept of agricultural value chain finance and types of vc business models
Calvin Miller, Group Leader FAO Agribusiness and Finance Group
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– New opportunities in value chain finance
Lamon Rutten, Programme Manager, Policies, Markets & ICTs, CTA
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Agribusiness advisory services: new context in Africa
Saleh Usman Gashua, Secretary General, Afraca
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– New opportunities for African Trade Finance
Kanayo Awani, Director Trade Finance and Branches, Afreximbank, Egypt
 [Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Strategic benefits of and approaches to agricultural mobile finance
Lee H. Babcock, Expert on mobile finance for agriculture, USA
[Video|Presentation|Summary]

Coffee Break

Panel 2:  Innovations in financial instruments and services [video]

Chair: H.E. Brave Ndisale, Ambassador of Malawi

Panellists:

- Financing agri-processing projects in emerging markets: lessons learned
Hans Bogaard, Head of the agribusiness advisory activities, Rabo Bank
 [Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Linking rural entrepreneurs to financial services
Hans Balyamujura, Co-Founder and CEO of ZED Group Limited 
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Kenyan Experience in Agri-value Chain Financing
Priscilla Wambui Muiruri, Agribusiness Specialist, KAPAP
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Finance innovations combining ICT’s and warehouse receipts
David Ruchiu, Africa Director, Farm Concern International, Kenya
[Video|Presentation|Summary]
– Commodity exchange development
Adam Gross, Investments and Capital Markets Advisor, Nepad Business Foundation
[Video|Presentation|Summary]

Concluding remarks

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The Brussels Development Briefings are regular events organized in Brussels by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA) – in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Group, and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.

One Response to 35. Financing agri-value chains

  1. […] case you have missed it, the video recording is available here. On the page of the 35th Briefing, you may find the full programme of the event, a background research, the presentations of the […]

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