Seed capital: financing Africa’s agriculture revolution
Date & Time:
4th Dec 2019
1:00pm WedAdd to calendar
House of St. Barnabas, LondonView on maps
Whilst agriculture employs more than 70% of the population and generates over 40% of GDP, less than 3% of total bank lending in Africa goes to the sector, resulting in an estimated unmet financing demand of $450 billion. It’s clear that if African countries are to reap the benefits of their own green revolutions, a financial revolution is also needed. In this final event of the series we identify the major barriers to investment and access to finance, including access to credit, savings and insurance, and spotlight the microfinance pioneers looking to bridge the agricultural finance gap.
Key discussion points:
- Exploring the agricultural funding gap: why, where and how?
- Unlocking access to credit for small- scale farmers
- Policy and regulation for expanding private sector agricultural financing
This is Event 3 in ‘The Future of Agriculture in Africa’ campaign, a series of three events exploring the challenges and opportunities defining agriculture and agribusiness in Africa today, as well as those that will come to shape it in the future.
We’ll be tackling a range of issues including disruptive on and off-farm technologies, multi-disciplinary collaboration, job creation with off-farm tech innovation and opportunities in agricultural financing.
In person and live-streamed to out global online community, join us as we spotlight the latest scientific, technological and commercial innovation happening in and for Africa, and the people and organisations making it happen.
With insights canvassed from across Africa and around the world, we will identify a number of key recommendations that will be published after each event.