Our history and governance

The network was announced by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of Italy at a conference on "Investing in Inclusive Rural Transformation" held in Rome in January 2017, and it formally came together in April 2018. SAFIN is governed by a Steering Committee and facilitated by Workstream Leads and by a Secretariat housed at IFAD. 

The Steering Committee oversees network activities, progress and proposals and it advises and support the mobilization of resources for SAFIN. It convenes four times a year. Workstream Leads animate thematic working groups, while the Secretariat plays a convening and facilitating role for the network and works in support to all partners.

Our Steering Committee 
Amanda Fernandez

Director, Natural Resource Finance Facilities


Claude Torre

Project Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development

Agence Française de Développement 

Arindom Datta

Executive Director- Rural & Development Banking and Advisory

Rabobank India

Jojo Romeo Ebron

Manager, Cooperative Development Program

Asian Farmers Association

Ayodeji Balogun

Chief Executive Officer

AFEX Commodities Exchange

Norbert Tuyishime

Programme Officer

East African Farmers Federation

Our Secretariat
Bettina Prato

Senior Coordinator

Chiara Satta

 Administrative Assistant 

Emily Kitongo

Knowledge Management Analyst

Michael von During

Technical Specialist

Our donors

Our work is possible thanks to the generous support of our donors.

Contact us

Hosted at the International Fund for Agricultural Development

Via Paolo di Dono, 44, 00142 Rome, Italy

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