Webinar | Fostering Investments in African Agricultural Value Chains

Fostering Investments in African Agricultural Value Chain


Who should listen?

  • Investors and development partners interested in setting up similar investment funds.
  • Bankers and other financiers interested in learning about how refinancing and risk sharing opportunities of targeted investment fundss can help address agricultural lending constraints.

This is a free online event, organized by the World Bank's AgriFin.

 About the Event

This webinar recording features the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF), an innovative public-private partnership initiated by KfW on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and managed by Deutsche Bank.

AATIF supports agricultural value chains by providing debt and investments to commercial farms and processing companies. AATIF also provides financing and risk sharing facilities to financial institutions that want to increase lending to producers and agricultural SMEs. Our invited speakers discussed different aspects of the Fund as follows:

  • Mr. Max Bock, assistant vice president in Sustainable Investments Europe at Deutsche Bank provided a detailed overview of the Fund's objectives, structure, and functions. He discussed the Fund's different financing instruments highlighting several investments made since AATIF's inception.
  • Mr. James Wabala, a sector specialist with Chase Bank, Kenya discussed how AATIF enables them to expand financing to new segments in agricultural value chains.
  • Ms. Camila Castaneda Quintero, technical officer for the social finance program at the International Labor Organization (ILO), discussed the collaboration between ILO and AATIF that aims to foster positive social and environmental impacts of agricultural investments.
 About the Speaker

Max-A Bock
Assistant Vice President, Sustainable Investments
Deutsche Bank

Max is an assistant vice president in Sustainable Investments Europe at Deutsche Bank in Germany. Deutsche Bank is the investment manager of the AATIF. Max oversees the implementation of investment transactions including origination, due diligence, financial analysis, legal documentation, post-closing monitoring and debt restructuring. He previously worked as an associate in Structured Finance at Deutsche Bank and holds a dual degree in business administration from Goethe Universitaet and Université Paris Dauphine.

James Wabala
Sector Specialist for Cereals, Grains, & Equipment
Chase Bank, Kenya

James is a business development manager with over nine years of banking experience. He has worked in various departments at leading financial institutions in Africa, including Standard Chartered Bank, Standard Bank SA, Commercial Bank of Africa. Currently, James is a sector specialist in charge of Cereals, Grains, and Equipment within the Agriculture Department of Chase Bank, Kenya. His main responsibilities include relationship management, on boarding and management of partnerships with other institutions,and country-wide reach to support Agri-based projects through various networks. He holds an MBA with a specialization in finance and a bachelor's degree in commerce.

Camila Castaneda Quintero
Technical Officer, Social Finance
International Labor Organization

Camila Castañeda has been working for the ILO since 2013 on issues related to responsible investment, social and environmental risk management and access to finance in the rural economy. She previously worked in the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and the National University of Colombia. Camila studied Economics in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and holds a MSc in Environmental Governance from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.