Through the Partner Up event on 25 October, ICCO and Rabobank Foundation will bring together key international players on the topic of access to finance for smallholder farmers.
Innovative developments and opportunities for smallholder farmers
Through the Partner Up event on 25 October, ICCO and Rabobank Foundation will bring together key international players on the topic of access to finance for smallholder farmers. As more than 2 billion people depend on smallholder farmers for their livelihoods and 70% of the global food supply comes from smallholder farmers, it is evident that they have a major role to play in feeding the growing world population. Early evidence suggests that recent developments in technological applications offer great potential to improve production, market, and data access. This, in turn, helps reduce the risk profile of smallholder farmers, which is an important stimulus for financial institutions to provide financial services. At the same time, technology can reduce the costs of financial services, and enable further outreach in rural areas and better services to their client base.
During the event, the current and potential impact of technological developments on agricultural production and access to finance for smallholder farmers will be discussed. After a brief presentation highlighting developments in and the challenges of using geodata and ICT in the sector, a panel of practitioners and funders will discuss initial experiences in the field as well as key factors for successful implementation and scalability. Participants will have the chance to network with other experts and discuss collaborative opportunities to advance the field.
Date and Time
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
Rabobank: Rajiv Singh, Rabobank North America and
Albert Boogaard, Head of International Programs and Innovation, Rabobank Foundation
ICCO Cooperation: Marinus Verweij, CEO, ICCO Cooperation and
Kees de Ruiter, Regional Manager, South East Asia
BanQu: Ashish Gadnis, CEO, BanQu
USAID: Chrissy Martin, Digital Finance Advisor, Global Development Lab
Opportunity International: Timothy J. Strong, Regional Agriculture Advisor/ Branchless Banking
Event details (2:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST):