The organisers will focus on establishing a dynamic and enabling environment for the sharing of ideas and forging of new partnerships. A vibrant market place will be the core of the event, allowing participants to meet, share, partake, learn and plan forward. Sessions will be predominantly interactive and make use of a number of interactive knowledge sharing methods such as TedTalks, world café, chat shows, panel sessions, peer assist, demonstrations, fish bowl, democracy walls and open spaces. Multimedia tools will be also be used.
The following thematic areas will be addressed in plenary events at the Fin4Ag conference, ,as well as in a series of parallel meetings:
Revolutionising finance for agriculture: the tools
- Smallholder-inclusive value chain finance: best practices and lessons
- The imperative of building stronger links between farmers and urban demand: opportunities and tools for financiers
- Creating critical mass in warehouse receipt finance and collateral management
- Creating new instruments for farmers to access the capital market – learning from the Brazilian experience
- Lessons learnt from guarantee schemes for agricultural lending
- Adapting micro-finance to the needs of agriculture: tools and methods
- Finance tools to empower farmers to move up the value chain – learning from experience
- Designing financing mechanisms to build a more climate change-resilient agriculture
- Innovative tools for specific value chains: horticulture, livestock and fisheries
- Leveraging ICT for agricultural finance.
- Positioning of farmers' organisations with respect to agricultural finance
- Reinvigorating policy processes in support of a radical new agricultural finance agenda
- Regulatory framework: warehouse receipts and collateral management
- Regulatory framework: central bank discount facilities for agricultural finance
- How to build a supporting framework for financing smallholder-inclusive regional trade
- Institution building: what needs to be done; who can do it?
- Risk management in support of agricultural finance: commodity exchanges and other mechanisms
- "How to" sessions – farmers' organisations, financiers and policymakers have decided what to do; how does one now move to implementation?
- Capacity building: what is missing in training for (agricultural/rural) financiers, and how to fill the gaps?
- Information, communication and knowledge management (ICKM) – how to better document experiences, valorise lessons learnt and create a "learning environment".