Webinar | Financing Coffee Replanting in Colombia
AgriFin webinars are free monthly online events.
This AgriFin webinar features the experience of Colombia in developing a program that helps small scale coffee producers replant aging coffee trees. Through this program coffee growers are able to access financing from banks on favorable terms.
The program is led by the Federation of Coffee Producers (FNC) and implemented in coordination with the national agricultural financing fund (FINAGRO).
Our invited speakers, discussed the following:
Andrés Lozano Karanauskas
Andrés is advisor to the president of Banco Agrario (www.bancoagrario.gov.co), a public bank for agri-businesses in Colombia. He also worked as advisor to the president of FINAGRO (www.finagro.com.co), a second tier bank that provides credit, guarantees and crop insurance subsidies, among others. Previously, he worked for seven years at the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (www.federaciondecafeteros.org/particulares/en), one of the biggest rural producer organizations in the world. Andrés studied economics and philosophy at the University of Los Andes (Colombia), where he earned a MSc. in Economics. He also holds a MSc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Luz Diaz Rios
Luz is a Senior Agribusiness Specialist for the Latin American and Caribbean Region within the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank. She has over 20 years of operational and research experience in agriculture, agribusiness and market development, with emphasis on commodity and value chain frameworks; private sector development approaches; and capacity development on quality, safety and sustainability-related issues. Prior to joining the World Bank, Luz worked with FAO, the University of Florida and SENA in Colombia, and has worked as a consultant for several international organizations.
Santiago Silva Restrepo
Santiago has experience in emerging markets as management consultant and economist. He began his career working on internal strategy in a telecommunications company and later made his transition to the world of economics through an investment firm in Colombia. Santiago worked in the coffee sector first as a Coffee Market and Policy Analyst at the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and later as an Economic Advisor for the Ministry of Finance of Colombia. Recently, Santiago worked at the World Bank analyzing Latin American agriculture and agribusiness international trade market to support the Bank operations in the region. He also worked at Falconi Consultores de Resultado where he evaluated alternatives for cost reduction and idleness minimization on a multinational CRM-BPO company. Currently, Santiago is an MBA/MPA dual degree student at NYU Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service.