2012 Annual Conference | Agenda

The agenda below offers links to speaker presentations and videos taken at the 2012 annual conference.

Wednesday March 28, 2012

09:00 – 10:00

Welcome by co-hosts:

Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye, Country Manager, World Bank

Fabian Kasi, Managing Director, Centenary Bank

Ajai Nair, Program Coordinator, AgriFin

Opening remarks:

Mark Cackler, Manager, Agriculture & Rural Development Department , World Bank

Carlos Cuevas, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,

Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda

10:00 – 11:00



Keynote Address: New World of Agriculture and the Opportunities for Finance

Speaker: Nancy Barry, President, NBA Enterprise Solutions to Poverty

In follow up on the key note address, panelists from the banking and agribusiness sectors debate opportunities and challenges in financing agriculture with a particular focus on small and medium-scale agriculture and agribusiness.


Wonsik Noh, APRACA, Thailand

Jeff Uchanga, Uchumi Supermarkets, Uganda

Jean-Philippe Tré, World Bank

Dawuda Hasmukh, Britania Allied Industries Uganda, Ltd., Uganda

Moderator: Marc Sadler, World Bank

11:30 – 13:00


Plenary 1:  New Approaches in Reaching Smallholder Farmers


Chandula Abeywickrema, Hatton National Bank, Sri Lanka

Arijit Dutta, BASIX, India

Vasco Nunes, Banco Oportunidade Moçambique

Nick Handler, One Acre Fund, Kenya 

Moderator: Miriam Cherogony, IFAD, AFRICA

13:00 – 14:30


Lunch – Guest Presentation: “Results from the First Agriculture Finance Market Scoping study in Tanzania,” Ian Anderson, Gatsby Foundation

Moderator: Maria Pagura, World Bank

14:30 – 16:00


Breakout Session 1: Approaches in Targeting Different Client Segments

Breakout A:

Opportunities and Challenges in Financing Producer Cooperatives


Moderator: Hans Bogaard, Rabo Development

Breakout B:

New Models for Lending to Emerging Commercial Farmers


Moderator:  Robert Ocaya, GIZ

16:30 – 18:00


Plenary 2: Equity Finance for Small Cap Agricultural Businesses

Presenter: André Dellevoet, African Enterprise Challenge Fund, Kenya


Ian Anderson, Gatsby Foundation, UK

Saleh Usman Gashua, AFRACA

Kofi Owusu-Boakye, USAID

Moderator:  Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, World Bank


Thursday 29, 2012

09:00 – 11:00


Plenary 3: Transaction, Savings and Payment Services for Agricultural Clients


Michael Andrade, HDFC Bank, India

Hans Balyamujura, ABSA Bank, South Africa

Agness Jazza, FMB, Malawi

Moderator:  John Magnay, Opportunity International  

11:00 – 12:30


Breakout Session 2: Short-term and Long-term Financial Products

Breakout A: Meera Hall

Working Capital Solutions for Agricultural Enterprises


Moderator:  Ajai Nair, World Bank


Breakout B: Sheena Hall

Investment Financing for Agricultural Enterprises


Moderator: Lydia Ndirangu, Kenya School of Monetary Studies

14:00 – 16:00


Plenary 4:  Opening Up Access to Finance through Warehouse Receipt Systems


Robert Pascal, NMB, Tanzania

Michael Andrade, HDFC, India

Paul Musoke, Housing Finance Bank, Uganda

Mamo Mihretu, IFC, Ethiopia

Moderator: Alex Rwego,  Ugandan Commodity Exchange (TBC)

16:30 – 17:30


Plenary 5:  What does it take to build a profitable agriculture finance business line?


Chandula Abeywickrema, Hatton National Bank, Sri Lanka

Fabian Kasi, Centenary Bank, Uganda

Wilfredo Maldia, Land Bank of the Philippines

Mouhamed Ndiaye, CMS, Senegal

Robert Pascal, NMB, Tanzania

Moderator: Michael Marx, FAO

17:30 – 18:00


Forum Highlights and Way Forward: Marc Sadler, World Bank and Ajai Nair, AgriFin

Friday, March 30,2012 – Field Visit on Warehouse Receipts Operation, Jinja

10:00 – 11:30

Tour of Agro-Ways Warehouse Facility and presentation on warehouse receipts operation

12:00 – 13:30

Discussion with Housing Finance Bank and Centenary Bank staff