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.

Navigating the pitfalls of agricultural value chain finance in Eurasia


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. (more…)