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Plug and Play Day

Hands-on with Innovations in Digital Financial Services for Agriculture

March 14, 2014

With experiences from the first ever successful Plug & Play Day held at the ICT4Ag Conference in Kigali 2013, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is proud to repeat the event at this years' International Conference on "Revolutionizing Finance for Agriculture" taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.

Background

The conference is being organized in collaboration with AFRACA and other partners from July 14 18 2014. The "Plug and Play Day" is scheduled for Monday 14 July with lots of interesting activities. Participants will be offered valuable and very practical insight into the latest technological developments in the field of ICTs for agricultural finance. This is a true hands-on experience with demonstrations and in-depth sessions by prestigious application providers and experienced practitioners. Participants are expected to test-drive latest mobile applications, Web 2.0 and social media tools; and discover how they can make these tools work for them in value chain finance. Topics to be covered in these Plug and Play Day sessions will closely parallel the broader conference themes and will be tailored to the needs of our stakeholder groups such as farmers and farmer organizations, bankers, financial regulators, agricultural researchers, policy and decision makers in the governments, intermediary organizations, private sector organizations, and civil society organizations.

Proposals for demonstration

Proposals are being solicited from interested application developers, innovators, as well as techies to demonstrate systems/applications/innovations that fall within the conference theme. The sessions will be designed to allow demonstrators to share their skills and expertise in an interactive format, learn with participants who may be interested in these tools, and enable hands-on experience from participants. (Note: This could also be a platform for systems/applications/innovations developers to showcase the value of their innovations to potential investors).

Potential areas to be covered Digital/Mobile Financial Services for Agriculture

Recent years have seen impressive improvements in technologies for mobile payments, remote management of commodity flows, mobile delivery mechanisms for insurance, electronic warehouse receipt systems, etc. These new technologies not only reduce the transaction costs of agricultural finance, they also enable entirely new financing modalities. In the wake of these developments, there still appears to be some innovation gap. We are therefore looking for proposals globally that go beyond the traditional mobile money/mobile payment services to more innovative approaches to the use of mobile technologies/ICTs for agricultural value chain finance.


Language

Proposal should be submitted in English or French.

Important Dates

  • Submission opens: 14th March 2014
  • Submission closes: 7th April 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: Successful submissions will be notified approximately
  • 2-3 weeks after the closing date, the latest by 25th April)
  • Accepted demonstrators will be required to submit a revised synopsis by 30th
  • May to be included in the conference programme book.
  • The Plug & Play Day takes place on Monday 14th July 2014

Contact information

Please submit your proposals here. Please note that at this point in time, we are not able to cover travel costs and daily allowance.

For further information and future updates about the Fin4Ag Conference please visit: http://www.fin4ag.org/