Rural and Agricultural Finance and Investment Technical Network (RAFI-TN) Webinar, April 2018Rural and Agricultural Finance and Investment Technical Network (RAFI-TN) Webinar, April 2018

17 April, 2018

“Agricultural Investment Funds For Development”

By Calvin Miller and Toshiaki Ono


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

15.00 – 16.00 CET (Rome time)

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Agricultural investment funds are experiencing significant growth in numbers and volume, underscoring the private sector’s interest in agricultural investment and the public’s interest due to the fact that they help to address the resource constraints for achieving food security and rural development. The attractiveness of agricultural investments as profitable business ventures however is tempered by the risks associated with such investments. Agricultural investment funds are an investment structure to channel investment while mitigating risks to investors in the sector.

The latest FAO publication on “Agricultural Investment Funds for Development” builds on the 2010 FAO document “Agricultural investment funds for developing countries”, which provided a broad description of private, public and private–public agricultural investment funds and case examples from Africa and Eastern Europe.

The webinar will reveal the key findings of the recent publication, including an updated analysis of the original funds described in the 2010 publication — so as to record their changes and performance over time — but now including a much larger number of additional funds in this fast-growing area of finance. Overall, the event will outline the importance of connecting less developed financial markets around the world with national and international investors, and in promoting joint efforts by the public and private sectors.

About the Speakers:

Calvin Miller is an Agricultural Economist consultant on agricultural/rural finance and investment with 40 years of development experience. He was Leader of Agribusiness and Finance in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global Director of Economic Development in CARE, and Country Manager of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) in Bolivia. He has considerable experience in agricultural value chain development and financing at all levels. He founded MicroVest, USD 400 million dollar social impact MSME investment family of funds and Chairs the Board of FairTrade Access Investment Fund. He authored numerous publications, including Agricultural Value Chain Finance: Tools and Lessons (5 languages) and Agricultural Investment Funds for Developing Countries (2010 and 2018), Agricultural Guarantee Schemes and El Crédito Rural: Manual Práctico de Administración, among many other publications and policy brief documents. He lives in Virginia and is currently working on innovative agricultural finance, risk management, climate smart financing for agricultural SMEs and agricultural investment.

Toshiaki Ono is a financial sector specialist at the World Bank where he supports various lending projects and analytical work to promote access to finance in the agriculture sector mainly in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Ono held several positions at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where he worked for agriculture finance and agribusiness development projects in South Asia (India, Nepal and Sri Lanka) and Africa (Ethiopia, Malawi, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). He also has practical experience in debt financing and investment banking through his earlier work at the Development Bank of Japan and Nomura for over 7 years. Mr. Ono holds an MBA from Columbia University, USA.

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