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

Session 2 of a learning series in collaboration with FARM-D, ILO Social Finance and PARM
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When and where

Oct 29, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM GMT+1


This webinar builds on the session 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 will focus 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 will open 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 will be followed by a Q&A session before closing with some key conclusions and takeaways from the case studies.


Marise Blom, Chief Operating Officer, SCOPEinsight

Marise brings over three decades of diverse and robust experience with a wide array of businesses from large multinationals, start-ups to Funds. As General Manager of SCOPEinsight for the past six years, she has been leading a team of high-performing professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective. Prior to working with SCOPEinsight, she was COO/CFO to an emerging market investment fund, managing director of a start-up IT company and executive director of a financial communications firm.

Anilkumar SG, Founder and CEO, Samunnati

Anilkumar SG is the Founder and CEO of Samunnati Financial Intermediation & Services Private Limited (Samunnati). Established in November 2014, Samunnati offers financial, co-financial and nonfinancial solutions to marginal, small and medium holders including farmers, agri enterprises and wholesale/retailers. Anil is a career banker with over 28 years of experience in the areas of Rural, Retail and Agri Banking. He started his career with Canara Bank and then joined ICICI Bank.

Henry Bruce, Research Director, Center for Financial Inclusion

Henry is a specialist in solving the information problems across the market system that are constraining enterprises' access to finance. Prior to joining CFI, Henry led product development for MIX Market, providing data and analysis services to investors in the Financial Inclusion sector. Previously at Sapient, Henry created information solutions for financial services clients including investment & commercial banks. Henry has also led and advised companies from startups to multinationals in building successful information products and customer-first teams.

Rachid Darago, Project Manager, Togo-based Incentive Scheme for Agricultural Financing based on Risk Sharing (MIFA)

Rachid Darago graduated with a master’s degree in international development from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, South Korea. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computerized management and electronic business from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in Canada. He has worked for over ten (10) years on the management of long term development projects and programs. He currently acts as the Project Manager for the Incentive Scheme for Agricultural Financing based on Risk Sharing (MIFA SA) where he leads the design and formulation of development projects, the establishment of monitoring and evaluation schemes, the development of monitoring and evaluation, as well as performance reports, surveys and strategic development studies.

Michael von During, Technical Specialist, SAFIN

Michael von During is the Technical Specialist for the SAFIN Secretariat housed at IFAD in Rome, Italy. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Michael has developed a career at the intersection of access to finance and agricultural development. His work in the impact investment space covering both fund structuring and pipeline development, combined with his experience at Cargill, have afforded him a deep understanding of the risks faced by companies and investors in the agriculture sector, as well as the tools available to address them.

Pranav Prashad, Senior Technical Officer, ILO's Impact Insurance Facility

Pranav Prashad is the Senior Technical Officer at the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Impact Insurance Facility. He provides technical expertise on agriculture insurance, distribution and mobile services as well as use of technology in insurance. Pranav has more than three decades of experience in insurance and business management. He has initiated and taken to scale agriculture and health insurance projects amongst low-income households in India, utilizing a diverse set of distribution channels and enabling the projects with technology. He holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies and a bachelor's honours degree in Economics, both from Delhi University, India.

Ilaria Tedesco, Senior Technical Advisor, Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM)

Ilaria Tedesco is an economist with over 13 years of experience in agriculture and international development at UN institutions (Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO, International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD) and university (Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich). Her experience has been mostly focused on cost-benefit and policy impact analyses, agricultural value chains, agricultural risk management and capacity building activities in Paraguay, Nigeria, Turkey, Oman, Mauritius, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Liberia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Niger and Zambia. She is currently Senior Technical Advisor for the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) at IFAD. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy).

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