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Agriculture Bulletins, December 2016

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Recent Blog Posts

Trends in Agricultural Finance at the European Microfinance Week 2016

Michael Kortenbusch, Managing Director of Business & Finance Consulting (BFC), hosted a panel discussion on the trends in agricultural finance on November 17, 2016 as part of European Microfinance Week. Mr. Kortenbusch invited Ms. Mariel Mensink, Mr. Bart de Bruyne, Dr. Jonathan Agwe, and Ms. Patricia Richter to each give a brief presentation followed by a discussion regarding an aspect of agricultural finance. In particular, the panel discussed agricultural value chain financing, warehouse receipt lending, and agroinsurance.
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Roundtable Discussion between the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and Georgian Insurance Companies

pafai-press-releaseOn November 25, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and selected Georgian insurance companies attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the PAFAI (Promoting Access to Finance and Agri Insurance) project. The meeting was organized by Business & Finance Consulting (BFC) within the framework of the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO)-funded PAFAI project.
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Navigating the pitfalls of agricultural value chain finance in Eurasia

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Financing value chains seems deceptively simple, but don’t be deceived!

By Michael Kortenbusch, Zurich, September 27, 2016

What sounds good in theory does not always work in practice. Value chain finance is a prime example. The theory is simple: If each of the three parties involved—farmer, aggregator, and bank—gains a benefit, the scheme will be a win-win-win. Reality is different: Quite a few programmes that look promising on paper eventually fail to deliver on expectations. Read on…

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