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The food business from field to fork is changing dramatically in Asia and Africa. How can financial institutions make the most of it? Join a webinar on July 9.

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Did you know that food value chains in Asia and Africa are going through dramatic changes? Modernization and more effective use of technologies have led to better rural-urban integration and fewer middlemen.

To learn why this matters for your financial institution, join us for a webinar with Professor Thomas Reardon of Michigan State University. Professor Reardon is a world-renowned expert on food industry transformation with extensive experience in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In this webinar, Reardon will discuss opportunities for commercial banks to extend financing to food value chains in these regions.   

Join the webinar to explore business opportunities for your institution arising from the transformation of food value chains. Professor Reardon will identify segments within value chains where financing needs are substantial and likely to yield the best business results for commercial banks. 

About the Speaker

Thomas Reardon is a Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is widely recognized for his work on “supermarket revolution” and the transformation of agrifood value chains in emerging markets, including development of the wholesale market, mills, and cold storage in the rice, horticulture, dairy, and fish sectors. Reardon has also been a personal invitee to the World Economic Forum in Davos and was featured on the front page of the New York Times. Before his current position, Reardon was Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in Washington DC. From 1984 to 1986, he was Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow attached to IFPRI and also working with ICRISAT in West Africa. 

About AgriFin

The Agriculture Finance Support Facility (AgriFin) works with bankers, banker associations and others to foster learning and build capacity on financing agriculture in developing countries. For more information, visit www.AgriFin.org.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  • Time: 9–10 a.m ET / 13:00–14:00 GMT