Webinar | Agricultural Finance at the Frontier: What Can Financial Institutions Learn from Root Capital?

 About the Event

This webinar recording features innovative agriculture finance practices of Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that lends capital, delivers financial training, and strengthens market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses in Africa and Latin America.

Our invited speakers discuss Root Capital's business model with a focus on what banks and other agricultural financiers can learn from it. The webinar presentation covers the following:

  • Detailed overview of Root Capital's agricultural lending model; 
  • Credit risk assessment of producer associations and private SMEs aggregating smallholders;
  • Financial management training for SMEs; and
  • Social and environmental impact assessment.
 About the Speaker

Nate Schaffran, Senior Vice President, Global Lending, Root Capital

Nate oversees Root Capital's global lending operations. He previously served as Root Capital's Vice President for Africa from 2007-2012, launching our operations on the continent, opening regional offices, and building a $20M portfolio. Nate has previously worked in value chain sustainability at Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva in Nicaragua, and at Fair Trade USA. He holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and BAs in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College

Asya Troychansky, Senior Impact Officer, Root Capital

Asya leads Root Capital's impact program, designing and overseeing implementation of mixed-method studies to identify Root Capital's impact on our clients and the impact of our clients on farmer households. Asya supervises a cross-country team that implements these studies in Latin America and Africa and manages the due diligence social metrics. In addition, Asya facilitates strategic development and dissemination of Root Capital’s Women in Agriculture Initiative. Previously, Asya worked with Innovations for Poverty Action in Mexico. She holds an M.A. in economics and public policy and a certificate in environmental policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. in social studies from Harvard College.