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  • agrofood & plastprintpack Conference
  • 3rd West African Cold Chain Summit
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agrofood & plastprintpack Conference
Scaling funding for innovation in agri-food processing, packaging and prints industries
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query_builder 12:00 - 13:30
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Scaling funding for innovation in agri-food processing, packaging and prints industries
Lending from commercial banks to the agri-food sector is broadly categorized as risky for several reasons. Some of these concerns include but are not limited to high transaction costs, lack of transparency / limited sector know-how on the part of the lender, and excessive exposure to climate, socio-economic and political factors among others.

Notwithstanding, transforming food system towards sustainability to ensure food security, create jobs and remain competitive in the global market will require innovative, inclusive and ambitious financing (equity and debt financing) from private capital, PPPs and development funds. This is not only crucial for established large corporates but also for SMEs who are considered as the engine room of any thriving economies.

Existing financial instruments and their stringent collateral requirements should be revisited especially given the fast-pace and changing nature of the agri-food and global supply chain industries. In today’s manufacturing landscape, trade/working capital and asset financing from down- to upstream segments of the production and export ecosystems have never been important. There is an urgent need for creative and customized financing solutions for improved access to finance and for mobilising private capital to scale-up. Undoubtedly, such solutions will increase productivity and promote more sustainable food production systems.

Furthermore, export financing for stakeholders across the value chain will create possibilities to procure modern processing and distribution technologies, hedge currency risks and increase the capacities of smallholders and SMEs to leverage economies of scale and operate profitably. This panel will explore innovative funding opportunities and measures to mitigate associated hurdles to accessing finance for actors across segments of the food processing value chain.
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agrofood & plastprintpack Conference
A path to Africa's agricultural transformation through trade finance
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query_builder 13:00 - 14:00
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A path to Africa's agricultural transformation through trade finance
An insightful session, touching on the future of trade and agriculture in Africa and opportunities agro-allied businesses can start tapping into to scale.
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agrofood & plastprintpack Conference
Equipment leasing: the creative financing alternative
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query_builder 10:00 - 11:00
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mic English
Equipment leasing: the creative financing alternative
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3rd West African Cold Chain Summit
Creating a sustainable financial model for Cold Chain companies and investors
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query_builder 14:05 - 14:50
card_travel Panel
mic English
Creating a sustainable financial model for Cold Chain companies and investors
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