Leveling up Georgian agriculture

“To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit.”
—Sam Farr, American politician

When we sit down to eat a meal, seldom do we think about where the food that makes up our meal comes from or whose hands helped cultivate it. In fact, when most people think about agriculture, a simple idea comes to mind: put seeds in the ground; make sure there is enough water; harvest the crops; repeat next season. The realities of modern agriculture, however, are much more complex. Today’s farmers need to worry not only about the increasingly-complex craft of growing food but also about the business side of the industry, including ensuring enough funds are available to have a successful season and finding ways to guard against risks such as floods, droughts, hail and late frosts.

Building the Armenian agrilending of tomorrow

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

Life teaches us that even the best-made plans rarely go according to schedule and, more frequently than not, require us to adapt in order to succeed. This has been a guiding principle at BFC since our inception.

Delivering results of the PAFAI Project

On April 28, 2017, Business and Finance Consulting organized the PAFAI (Promoting Access to Finance and Agri Insurance) project closing event. The representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus, Georgian insurance companies (Aldagi, GPI Holding, Ardi and IC Group), government institutions, non-governmental organizations and international development organizations attended the event.

Georgian Representatives Make an Exposure Visit to Romania

A delegation of representatives from the Georgian government, microfinance institutions and agribusinesses made a visit to Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest in Romania between March 5 and March 9, 2017. The visit, organized by Business & Finance Consulting (BFC), took place within in the context of the PAFAI (Promoting Access to Finance and Agri Insurance) project, which is funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO).

Rooting for Kale

Have you heard the stories of a ‘wonder-vegetable’ that is easy to grow, delicious, and extraordinary healthy? It may sound too good to be true, but humans have actually been eating it for thousands of years. Meet Nero di Toscana, a legendary variety of kale.