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Agricultural and rural finance training Programme (blended learning: online + in-person)

***Blended learning (online + in-person)***
NEW: English edition

> Online session - 17 May to 11 June 2021 – 30 places available
> In-person session - October 2021 – 15 places available



**Blended learning (online + in-person)** 
The programme in agricultural and rural finance (FAR 2021) will be held in 2 sessions: online session from May 17th, 2021 (4 weeks) and in-person from October 11th, 2021 (1 week).

Following the success of the French edition, which was held in-person in Burkina Faso in 2019 and as online in 2020, the objective of this new edition in English is to provide a unique forum to explore, reflect and exchange ideas and strategies for the rural and agricultural sector, with a particular focus on the impact of climate change, especially in Africa.

Experts will present specific activities and results, thereby making it possible to both identify and analyse the experiences in order to draw lessons in terms of best practices throughout the globe.

This programme is organised by ADA (Appui au Développement Autonome), the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg (MAEE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through the CABFIN project, which aims to improve capacity building in rural finance.

Target Group

The programme is intended for senior managers of financial institutions and public bodies who are in the position to use the principles and tools provided to formulate strategies to design and deliver products which contribute to the financing of agricultural value chains. The programme is dedicated to participants coming from organisations working in Africa.



4 weeks at your own pace (estimation of 5 to 10 hours of work per week), the online session also includes online discussions with other participants and speakers and knowledge progress tests.

The online session is introductory and grouped into 2 parts for a total of 5 modules:

Part 1: "Financial products and markets":
- Market assessment and product design
- Digital financial services for smallholder families
- Tailoring agricultural value chain financing mechanisms

Part 2: "Risk Management Strategies":
- Risk management in agricultural finance
- Agricultural insurance

4 simultaneous plenary sessions (webinars). One session per week will be held on topics related to current challenges in agricultural finance like lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, Innovations in agricultural finance for smallholder farmers, Green finance, Investments in SMEs.

The in-person session will complement and deepen the online session on different topics related to rural and agricultural finance. It will be accessible to the 15 most assiduous participants of the introductory online 2021 session.

This training should take place in an East African country during the 2nd week of October 2021. This will be the week before the African Microfinance Week (SAM 2021).

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General information

Dates: The online session will take place over 4 weeks, from May 17th to June 11th, 2021 and the in-person session will take place over 1 week, from October 11th to 15th, 2021 in an East African country (dates and place to be confirmed).

- For the online session: free of charge, selection on application.
- For the in-person session: the 15 best participants in the online session will be automatically accepted for the grant to participate to the in-person session. Grants to participate in the programme are available from the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. This grant includes training fees, accommodation and meals during the training week. Participants must cover all other costs (transportation, visa and all other costs).

Registration/admission: Registration closed on 29 March 2021. If you would like to receive further information on upcoming sessions, please email ada3t@ada-microfinance.lu.

Language: The online session will be held in English only. 

Working hours: The online session includes 5 modules to be completed at your own pace, with an estimated 5 to 10 hours of work per week for 4 weeks. It also includes webinars, online discussions with other participants and speakers and knowledge progress tests. 
For the in-person session, the programme will last one week and it will include in-depth training courses as well as plenary sessions. More details on the in-person programme will be provided in due time.

Contact: Nausica Fiorelli or Caroline Morilhat: ada3t@ada-microfinance.lu

Participants' reviews in the FAR training in 2020

Bouthainata ABDILLAHI"The FAR training was very interesting and useful. All the topics covered were of major concern for the microfinance sector in general and for our institution in particular. The design of agricultural financing products, the way the sector can innovate through digital financial services and the identification and management of agricultural risks have been very important subjects for our institution. Following this training, we plan to set up a committee to reflect on the actions that can be implemented in order to improve our services in the agricultural sector and the rural world."
Bouthainata Abdillahi, Research Manager, Meck Moroni, Comoros

Adama Ouattara"Following the FAR training, our institution, which does not have an agricultural product, is going to carry out a feasibility study in the field. Having received this training, we will formulate recommendations to facilitate the effective implementation of such a product within a reasonable period of time."
Adama Ouattara, Portfolio Manager, BAOBAB, Burkina Faso

"The most surprising aspect of the FAR training is the interaction with the platform and the perfect management of both the material and didactic resources we were given. I saw myself as in a real classroom. The flexibility of the platform allowed for fruitful, rich and varied exchanges between participants and trainers. Personally, I would summarize this experience as a real springboard for our institution's capacity building in the field."
Abou Coulibaly, Country Operations Manager, First Micro Finance-West Africa Agency, Côte d'Ivoire

Participants' reviews in the FAR training in 2019

"The FAR programme set up thanks to ADA makes it possible to approach agricultural and rural finance in a holistic manner and to propose solutions that can guide the actors involved or interested in serving the populations concerned. The course developed by CGAP on digital financial services for smallholder farmers, which I am pleased to deliver, provides an insight into how new technologies can realistically contribute to accelerating financial inclusion in a cost-effective manner for financial service providers and under what conditions. The richness of the programme is a great opportunity!"
Corinne Riquet-Bamba, Financial inclusion and digital finance expert, independent consultant

"This is definitely one of the best training courses available today for any MFI, regardless of its size, that wants to make its agricultural financial services offering more professional and profitable. The training allowed us to review our range of agricultural financial services, to better understand the importance of specialising the staff who manage the agricultural portfolio, to reshape our current digital collection strategy and to allow the Network's recently established Risk Management Committee to integrate the most appropriate agricultural risk management tools into its work plan."
Ousmane Thiongane, Director General U IMCEC / Senegal

"This training allowed me to consolidate my knowledge in agricultural and rural finance on the mechanisms of financing value chains that must combine technical support before and after financing. I learned that "instead of financing only the activity, it is better to finance the farmer's project in its entirety, integrating all his needs for the whole year". Because apart from the activity, the farmer has other needs, such as food, health, etc."

"I recommend the Agricultural and Rural Finance (ARF) programme by ADA to all decentralised financial services that would like to develop, strengthen or improve their financial services offer in agricultural and rural areas. This training not only prepares participants to manage the current challenges of the sector but also anticipates future challenges such as climate change, value chain finance, savings in the rural sector, agricultural intensification and portfolio performance in agricultural finance. These two weeks of training structured in two tracks allowed me to better structure my approach to all the topics covered. After the training, I drew up a programme for sharing and applying the new knowledge in collaboration with the other agents in my structure."
Adama Camara, President of APSFD Mali