This event kicks-off a new monthly webinar series called "Principled Interest," which will bring together diverse perspectives to discuss a range of development finance topics.
Agricultural SMEs face a $65 billion annual financing gap across sub-Saharan Africa, which equates to 3 out of 4 agri-SMEs that lack access to finance. This webinar will focus on what works and what practitioners are learning from new models to mitigate risks, increase returns, and optimize impact of agricultural SME lending.
Join us to learn more about innovative finance facilities by Aceli Africa and the Kenya Investment Mechanism project that are changing how finance providers reach a traditionally unserved market. We will explore promising approaches that have the potential for bridging the financing gap and answer questions like: Does more inclusive financing in agriculture mean reduced returns? What blend of commercial and concessional finance drives results? And does technical assistance make a difference in getting lenders to reach this target segment?
Moderator: Songbae Lee
Agriculture Finance Team Lead, USAID
Founder and CEO, Aceli Africa
Director of Economic Growth, Palladium