Selected Event Archive Material
This summary aims to synthesize the primary analytical points that came out of the discussions that took place from the 4-6 December 2007.The question guiding the conference organized by FARM Foundation and its partners was the following: under what conditions can microfinance help farmers in developing countries access credit to improve their competiveness?
Africa Value Chain Financing - was the 3rd AFRACA AgriBank Forum for Sub-Sahara Africa. It was organized and sponsored by AFRACA and FAO in partnership with AFC and DrumNet and it took place in Kenya from the 16th to the 19th of October 2007. The main objective of the Forum was "to enhance awareness on successful models and approaches for using the resources and linkages of the value chain to increase financial service provision and efficiency to rural producers, traders and agribusinesses.
The 3rd African Micro Finance Conference was organized in Kampala, Uganda from the 20th to the 23rd of August 2007. The conference, whose theme was "New Options for Rural and Urban Africa", revolved around a number of topics including: Segmentation; Management of Risk for Clients; Management of Risk for Financial Institutions; Value Chain Financing; Cutting the Edge/Innovations in Formal, Semi-formal and Informal Institutions; Role of Public Sector Support.
Moving Results into Policy and Practice
To examine recent research in rural finance the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Ford Foundation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) teamed up and organized the "International Conference on Rural Finance Research: "Moving Results into Policies and Practice", in Rome from 19-21 March, 2007 and the post e-conference, from 16-29 May 2007.
This was the first international conference in Asia on "Agricultural Value Chain Finance" and was intended for decision-makers of financial entities with activities in the agricultural sector, non-financial companies working in the sector (producers, processors, exporters, marketers, input suppliers), government authorities, business chambers and international organisations. It was jointly organised by UNCTAD, FAO and MCX and took place in Mumbai on 16 and 17 March, 2007.