Fri, Dec 11 | Online

Examples of agri-SME risk management and post-COVID policy implications

Final session of a learning series in collaboration with FARM-D, ILO Social Finance and PARM
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Examples of agri-SME risk management and post-COVID policy implications

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Dec 11, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM GMT+1


This third and final session of the Live Talk series will focus on concrete examples of agricultural risk management (ARM) tools that have been implemented by agri-SMEs before and since the COVID-19 crisis. The session will also explore emerging policy issues in ARM. The first portion of the webinar will include three case studies presentations covering distinct ARM solutions deployed in specific value chain, operational and geographical contexts. This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion where the case study presenters will examine the evolution of risks since the pandemic, the effectiveness and limitations of ARM tools available to agri-SMEs to address them, as well as the policy implications to be considered as we look to build back better post-COVID. A short Q&A will provide an opportunity to answer questions from the audience, before concluding the session and the series with conclusions and closing remarks.  


Michael Hamp, Lead Regional Technical Specialist Rural Finance, Markets and Enterprises in Asia and the Pacific, IFAD (Moderator)

Michael Hamp worked for the Federal Ministries of Food, Agriculture and Forestry and of Economic Cooperation and Development. He became staff member of IFAD in Rome, in November 2007. The Rural Finance Unit managed by him includes two specialized subteams: the multi-donor funded Financing Facility for Remittances, the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management, merged with the Weather Risk Management team. Since October 2018, he has taken the technical responsibility for Rural Finance, Markets and Enterprise Development in Asia and South Pacific.

Megha Desai, Senior Coordinator, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

Megha Desai has worked with SEWA for the last 13 years, leading their programmes on rebuilding lives of war and other disaster affected sisters in countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Nepal. She currently leads the National Farmer’s Forum Network of SEWA, which covers 13 states of India with the objective of providing livelihoods support through agro businesses and policy advocacy. On behalf of SEWA, Megha is also the Director of Bees Network – Business, Enterprise and Employment support for women in South Asia.

Megha holds a degree in Commerce and Law from Gujarat University in India and has undergone the Senior Management Development Programme from the Indian Institute of Management (IIMA) in Ahmedabad.

Daniel Rivera, ACCDER - General Manager, Root Capital

Daniel leads the ACCDER office of Root Capital in Peru. His experience and skills include financial analysis, project evaluation, monitoring, and economic research. Previously, he worked as a financial manager at Rainforest Trading and as a loan analyst at Banco del Trabajo, both located in Peru. Daniel holds a B.A. in economics from the Catholic University in Peru.

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.

Mumo Musembi, Commercial Director, Pula

Mumo Musembi is the Commercial Director at Pula. With 20+ years’ experience in marketing, sales and general management, he holds a BSc from University of Nairobi and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.Pula is an insurtech company, providing insurance and digital marketing services for smallholder farmers in emerging markets. Working across 11 countries in Africa and Asia, Pula has facilitated crop and livestock insurance cover to over 3.4 million households and has been recognized globally winning amongst others the Singapore Fintech Festival Global Accelerator, the Women’s World Banking Innovation Award, and Credit Suisse Private Innovation Award. Pula had been profiled at TED as well as the World Economic Forum for Africa

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