January 25, 2017 10:00 am EST | Reaching Female Farmers and Agri-entrepreneurs in a Profitable Way
- With Anna Gincherman of Women's World Banking
Anna Gincherman, Chief Product Development Officer at Women's World Banking, will share her technical experience and know-how of designing financial products and services to maximize their reach to female farmers and female led agribusinesses. This topic is highly relevant to financial institutions, as women working in agriculture are typically less well served by the financial sector, and as such provide a potentially lucrative market opportunity. Anna will share her insights on the best practices for reaching women in agriculture in a profitable manner.
February 15, 2017 10:00 am EST | Using Alternative Data for Financial Decisions: Lending to Farmers Using Nontraditional Data
- With Michael Mbaka of FSD Kenya
How do lending institutions make decisions if large portions of the agriculture sector operate in value chains that are informally organized and outside formal systems? When traditional data for lending decisions are not available, use alternative methods to make informed choices. Michael will talk about FSD's application of data and his research, including how households utilize their economic opportunities differently and how this data impacts value chains.
March 10, 2017 10:00 am EST | Agriculture, Banking, and the Digital Economy Merge to Improve South African Agriculture
- With Vuyani Jarana of Vodacom Business
Banks have an opportunity to take the leap and work with mobile developers. M-farming technology enables farmers to engage and transact directly with their service providers. Viyani will speak about Vodacom's partnerships with institutions funding agriculture. Additionally, he will discuss the need for increasing digital infrastructures throughout Africa to help revolutionize many sectors, including the agriculture economy. Learn how financial institutions can look outside the box for additional lending opportunities.