The School of Finance and Banking (SFB) will today hold a conference on value chain financing in the agricultural sector.
The conference will be held in association with Terrafina Microfinance, International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC), World Vision Rwanda and SFB.
It is also in line with SFB’s pursuit of attaining its core objectives of imparting quality higher education and executive training in the field of management of banking and finance.
According to the Marketing and Communications Director at SFB, Elias Kiyaga, the conference will address the challenges and as well as highlight opportunities related to value chain financing in general and the agricultural sector in particular.
It targets policymakers, academia and operators in the value chain industry in Rwanda.
In a communiqué, the conference chair Associate, Prof. Murty Satya Kopparthi, said that the ultimate objective of the conference is to create awareness of value chain approach among financial institutions.
He said that the conference would draw attention on how combined efforts of all the stakeholders may contribute to the accomplishment of Rwanda’s national food security strategy and poverty alleviation in rural areas.
The panel discussions will focus on the role of financial institutions in improving access to agricultural/agribusiness finance and the role of non-financial stakeholders in the elimination of barriers in accessing finance, respectively.