The recent increase in food prices has exposed the inability of agriculture production to meet global demand, and has heightened calls for increased investment in agriculture at all levels of the value chain. How can microfinance institutions contribute to meeting the increased need for finance in agricultural and food value chains, while maintaining profitability and effectively managing risk?
This course will give participants a broad understanding of the key issues in Agricultural Value Chain Financing, and will analyze the mechanisms, tools and instruments for value chain financing. Participants will discuss strategies and approaches for partnership development and risk management for value chain financing, paying particular attention to the relevant business models of the value chains and value chain actors.
Building on the experiences of the participants, case studies will illustrate how financial institutions from around the world—and especially in Africa—have successfully leveraged value chain relationships and models to improve credit delivery to agricultural businesses of all types, from small farmers to large agribusinesses.
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