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Our principles

As a network, SAFIN is designed to be partner-led in all its activities, and to have a flexible agenda that responds to emerging priorities and opportunities. Partners engage with each other based on the following principles: 

  • Equality 

  • Inclusiveness 

  • Active listening and respect 

  • Proactive sharing of knowledge and information 

  • Mutual accountability

  • Leveraging and adding value to existing initiatives

  • Commitment to making a tangible difference towards the SAFIN vision.

Partners are led by a Steering Committee that represents the diversity of actors involved in the network and the broader ecosystem. The Committee provides overall direction, monitors progress, and advises and supports the Secretariat on resource mobilization. 

A Secretariat housed at IFAD plays a convening, facilitating, and championing role for the network and for the Steering Committee. 

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Our Steering Committee 
Ayodeji Balogun

Chief Executive Officer

AFEX Commodities Exchange

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Esther Penunia

Secretary General

Asian Farmers Association

Thouraya Triki

Director, Director, Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division


Amanda Fernandez

Director, Natural Resource Finance Facilities


Patricia Richter

Senior Technical Officer

ILO's Social Finance Programme

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Norbert Tuyishime

Programme Officer

East African Farmers Federation

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Hernan Manson

Head, Inclusive Agribusiness Systems

International Trade Centre

Claude Torre

Project Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development

Agence Française de Développement 

Panos Varangis

Principal Agriculture Finance Specialist

International Finance Corporation

Our Secretariat
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Frank Rubio 

Senior Coordinator,


Michael von During

Technical Specialist

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Emily Kitongo

Knowledge Management Analyst

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Julia Zaremba

 Administrative Assistant 

Our donors

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

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