During the first day (Sunday 13 July 2014) of the Briefing, two sessions will be presented on the new impetus for value chain (vc) finance and its successes in farmer business models. The panellists who include experts such as: Calvin Miller, Group Leader Agribusiness Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Dr Theo de Jager, President, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU); Lamon Rutten, Programme Manager, Policies, Markets & ICTs, CTA, will discuss ideas and share their experiences on the concept of agricultural vc finance and the types of vc business models for greater rural development and sustainability.
On the second day (Monday 14 July), four sessions are organized. The first one will address building agricultural finance from the farmers needs and the role of Farmer Organisations (FO); the second will start with presentations on what women self-help groups are doing to increase their access to financial services and Banks; the third will discuss the ways in which the FOs can improve and/or strengthen their capacities and involvement in data collection and management; and the fourth session will debate on how can FOs do business with Farmers and Action Plan for increased access to finance. Speakers include: Tasilo Mahuwi, Managing Director, Dunduliza Limited, Tanzania; Khalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA).
This 2nd African Continental Briefing will contribute to the ongoing policy discussion in ACP countries in this area.
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