Webinar | Introducing Rural Finance and Investment Learning Centre


Webinar | Introducing Rural Finance and Investment Learning Centre 

 About the Event

The webinar features the Rural Finance and Investment Learning Centre (RFILC), a web platform providing cutting-edge knowledge resources for the promotion of rural and agricultural finance and investment in developing countries.

The RFILC, is managed by the FAO and supported by the CABFIN partnership, a donor collaboration group between IFAD, FAO, UNCDF, GIZ and the World Bank. It provides access to resources including policy guides, country research publications, on-line training sessions and training materials with the aim of strengthening clients' capacity to deliver improved financial sector policies and services for rural enterprises and households.

During this webinar, Emilio Hernandez, Agricultural Finance Officer at FAO talked about the key features of the RFILC and some of the research and training initiatives currently feeding its content. The discussion focused on how financial institutions can benefit from using the information disseminated by the RFILC. 


 About the Speaker

Mr. Emilio Hernandes

Agricultural Economist, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Emilio Hernandez is an agricultural economist specialized in the analysis of rural and agricultural financial markets in developing countries and in the implementation technical cooperation programmes that promote inclusive financial systems. As an agricultural finance officer in FAO, he leads some of the Organization's country programmes and policy research projects focused on enabling smallholder families access to a wide set of financial services.

Prior to joining FAO, Mr. Hernandez held technical and managerial positions at UNIDO, Save the Children, and NETAFIM. He led the design of new collaboration models between financial institutions, private agribusinesses and smallholder organizations and has several publications on the subject. Mr. Hernandez holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University and the University of Florida.