Day 3 - Rising to the challenge

This was the last full day of business for the Fin4Ag conference, with 12 sessions followed by a short closing ceremony. One of the key sessions – you will find details about the rest on this website – was a follow-up to the 2nd African Continental Briefing on "Promoting inclusive finance models for farmers in Africa." The briefing had been jointly organised by the Pan African Farmer's Organisations (PAFO), CTA and the African Union Commission.

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Day 2 - Success comes in many shapes and guises

On the second day of the Fin4Ag conference, the 750 or so participants were spoiled for choice. During the course of the day, there were 20 sessions – each lasting one and a half hours or more – focusing on the three conference streams: revolutionising finance for agriculture; policy development for agri-value chain finance; and cross-cutting issues in agri-value chain finance. This meant you could attend a maximum of four sessions, but that was more than enough to gain a good insight into many of the successful ways money is being channelled into improving agricultural productivity and the performance of farmers.

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Day 1 - Better access to credit, especially for smallholder farmers, could bring about a revolution in African agriculture.

Every year, African countries spend $35 billion on food imports. But it needn't – and should – be like this. The continent has vast untapped potential to satisfy not only its own needs, but become a major exporter to other parts of the world. Yet a variety of factors are stifling growth. One of the most important of these is lack of access to credit. Indeed, in countries like Kenya, less than 10% of farmers have access to formal credit, with women faring far worse than men. Better access to credit, especially for smallholder farmers, could bring about a revolution in African agriculture. This was one of the key messages to come out of the first day of the Fin4Ag conference.

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Plug and Play Day – rethinking finance the smallholder agriculture

Plug and Play Day attracted over 250 participants. A warm-up for the main conference, the day began with a brief introductory session, during which Saleh Gashua, the secretary general of AFRACA, Michael Hailu, the director of CTA, and Prof Kinandu Murangu, executive director of the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), welcomed participants.

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3 Streams

More than 500 delegates from public and private organisations from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and beyond will gather in Nairobi to share new thinking around three streams:

Innovative tools for agri-value chain finance

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A new legal and regulatory framework for agri-value chain finance

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Cross-cutting issues in agri-value chain finance

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Meet our co-hosts and partners

Fin4Ag is co-hosted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA)

 

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Fin4Ag is supported by the FAO, the Rockefller Foundation and Afreximbank. TXF is the Fin4Ag International Media Partner.

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 It is co-organised by an impressive array of partners listed below.

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