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Case study analysis: examples of risk management for agri-SME finance


The Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) is pleased to announce the second session of a LIVE TALKS SERIES on "Risk Management for Agri-SME Finance" co-organized in collaboration with the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)'s Social Finance Programme. The event will take place on 29 October 2020. The series is co-hosted by SAFIN and the Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development (FARM-D).

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The current COVID-19 crisis is bringing into sharp relief the vulnerability of agri-food systems and creating new challenges whose repercussions may be felt in the sector for a long time. Among other things, it is showing the limits of our capacity to anticipate shocks and is testing the risk management capacity of all actors active in supply chains, as well as in government, finance, and other sectors. In this context, many agri-SMEs are already suffering significantly from disruptions in supply chains and markets, causing cash flow problems. Many also lack the capital and capacity to undertake the investments that would be required to strengthen their resilience to the enduring crisis and prepare for its likely after-effects.

This is, therefore, an opportune time to take a closer look at the range of tools available in the area of agricultural risk management, and identify those that can be deployed both to address the current crisis, particularly from the agri-SME standpoint, as well as to prepare for its long term repercussions. Such an assessment will also serve to highlight the main gaps or areas where innovative products, delivery mechanisms, or complementary measures are needed. The convergence of interests and experiences of ILO, PARM and SAFIN around these issues provides an opportunity to address them with reference to practical experiences and examples.


Overall, the aim of the Live Talk Series will be to assess the general offering and limitations of the agricultural risk management “toolbox” in light of the ongoing experience with COVID-19, from the perspectives of agri-SMEs and agri-lenders. Furthermore, the series will present practical learnings related to the use of specific tools and the impact achieved by both sets of actors (SMEs and lenders) through a review of case studies.


This webinar builds on the LIVE TALK 01: Risk management for agri-SME finance: addressing new challenges in the era of COVID-19, which was held on 24 September 2020.

This second session focuses on concrete examples of risk management tools that have been used by financial institutions and other actors to provide financial services to agri-SMEs during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar opens with the presentation of case studies covering specific approaches: describing their original focus or intent, as well as any shift resulting from the pandemic, and sharing an assessment of their impact and lessons learned. This is followed by a Q&A session before closing with some key conclusions and takeaways from the case studies.


2:30 pm – Welcome Remarks
2:35 pm – Presentation of Case Study 1
2:50 pm – Presentation of Case Study 2
3:05 pm – Presentation of Case Study 2
3:20 pm – Q&A
3:40 pm – Conclusions and Closing remarks


Marise Blom – Chief Operating Officer, SCOPEinsight
Anil Kumar SG – Founder and CEO, Samunnati
Henry Bruce – Research Director, Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI)
Rachid Darago – Project Manager, Togo-based Incentive Scheme for Agricultural Financing based on Risk Sharing (MIFA)
Michael von During – Technical Specialist, Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN)
Pranav Prashad – Senior Technical Officer, ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility
Ilaria Tedesco – Senior Technical Advisor, Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM)

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