Training in agricultural and rural finance (FAR)

***Blended learning (online + in-person)***
Edition 2022 - in French and English 

> Introductory e-learning session
Completed in April 2022

> Face-to-face session in French and English
From 17 to 22 October 2022 in Cotonou (Benin) - Limited number of places up to 40 participants

Visuel FAR 2022

Following the success of the previous editions, this new edition in French and English aims to provide a unique space 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.


1/ INTRODUCTORY ONLINE SESSION 2022 (4 weeks - from 4 to 29 April 2022)

4 week course 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 (provisional programme):

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.

2/ IN-PERSON SESSION 2022 (from 17 to 22 October 2022 in Cotonou, Benin)

The in-person session will complement and deepen the e-learning session on different topics related to agricultural and rural finance. It will be accessible to the most frequent participants of the e-learning 2022 sessions.


If you wish to be contacted for the next FAR session, please send your details to

General information

Date: The introductory e-learning session took place over 4 weeks (5 to 10 hours of work per week), from 4 to 29 April, and the in-depth face-to-face session will take place over 1 week in the 2nd semester of 2022 (date and venue to be confirmed).

Costs: The e-learning session was free of charge upon application. The best participants in the e-learning session will automatically be accepted for the scholarship in the in-person session. The scholarships are awarded by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg. They include the training fees, accommodation costs and meals. The participant will be responsible for all other costs (transport, visa, Covid test...).

Language: The e-learning session was held in French and English (1 training platform in French and 1 in English). The face-to-face programme will be held in French and English for those selected after participating in the e-learning sessions in 2022.

Contact: If you wish to be contacted for the next FAR session, please send your details to


FAO makes financial institutions aware of climate change challenges during the FAR training

13 June 2022
Nadine Valat, Team leader of the FAO-Green Climate Fund partnership, hosted a webinar on the effects of climate change as part of the FAR training. In a video for ADA, she explains what role can play financial institutions in this fight.
See the video

Great success of the introductory session of the FAR training

7 June 2022
Following the introductory e-learning session of training in agricultural and rural finance (FAR), ADA collected the feedback from the participants, who once again recognised the added value of the programme for the agricultural sector.
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The FAR training as a platform for addressing agroforestry challenges

13 May 2022
Jean-Paul AKA, CEO of LOCAGRI and consultant for the UNDP, hosted a webinar to raise awareness of agroforestry issues in the agricultural sector as part of the training in agricultural and rural finance (FAR). In a video for ADA, he explains the environmental, social and economic challenges of agroforestry and how FAR participants can take on these challenges.
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FAR training brings together 150 agricultural organisations in Africa

25 April 2022
The training in agricultural and rural finance (FAR) 2022 brings together 70% representatives of MFIs and 30% representatives of authorities, fintechs or insurance companies. ADA interviewed four participants to understand why they signed up for the training.
Read the interviews

Launch of the FAR 2022 training in agricultural and rural finance

4 April 2022
The introductory session of the training in agricultural and rural finance (FAR) 2022 took place today. In the next four weeks, participants will follow the online courses at their own pace and will discuss with other participants in an online forum. Caroline Morilhat and Thu Hien Dao, FAR training coordinators at ADA, tell us more about the highlights of this year’s edition.
Read the interview


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