Together with the the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the Rabobank Foundation, the Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) organises its annual conference on the theme of Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food. Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The conference aims to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.
Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food
CTA is represented at the event by Benjamin Addom, Programme Coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies. Addom coordinates the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag Enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project, which has been granted an award by the Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) of the NSO. He is among the invited panelists at the session 'Data platforms for inclusive finance and food'.
NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, is the leading national platform in inclusive finance sector worldwide. Established in 2003, the platform brings together Dutch development organisations, social investors and commercial banks active in the inclusive finance sector. Together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NpM's 13 members share a commitment to expanding access to finance in underserved regions and to anticipate the changing need in the sector to grow towards a responsible industry. The members of NpM are active in over 90 countries and have committed EUR 2.8 billion to the inclusive finance sector.
The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the governmental Space Agency of the Netherlands. Its primary task is to develop and execute the national space policy. NSO is the main point of contact for national and international space affairs and reports directly to a steering committee consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NSO is executing the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility, commissioned by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. G4AW supports 17 partnerships to develop and operate financially sustainable services for smallholder farmers and pastoralists in 10 developing countries based on innovative business models and utilisation of satellite data.
The Rabobank Foundation was established in 1973 as an independent foundation. The organisation is funded by local member banks and Rabobank Nederland, which donate a percentage of their profits to the Rabobank Foundation. The key decision was made in 2007 to significantly enlarge the reach of the Rabobank Foundation by transforming it into a fund for the entire Rabobank Group, which includes the bank's subsidiaries and affiliated institutions. The Rabobank was founded in 1898 in the conviction that the cooperative concept of farmers working together would be of benefit to all. Food and agri is at the heart of the bank's strategy 'Banking or Food': Rabobank's vision on global food security and its role in realizing this.