Agricultural financiers agree that, if they desire good perspectives on reimbursement, they have to make certain that those that they finance are profitable. Particularly in Africa, many farmers and agribusinesses are, however, not financially sustainable. In order to ensure profitability, they have shift to better technologies (e.g., better seeds), secure supplies (e.g., of inputs) and secure markets – and in the case of farmers, they have to become better organized. Extension officers are thus as important as credit officers for successful agricultural lending practices. In blended finance transactions, a technical assistance grant is very often used to accompany the investment or loan for production or processing. Bringing together several experienced TA agencies, this session will discuss the lessons from TA facilities managed alongside investment/loans and how to improve collaboration.
Coordinated by Technoserve. Introductory presentation on four years of implementation experience with the African Agricultural Fund.
Day 2: 08 November 2016 09:00 - 10:45
Studio 314 & 316