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AFRACA TURNS 40!

AFRACA created in 1977 as a lead advocate and coordinator of rural and agricultural finance in Africa, alongside sister networks across the globe, has continued to run its activities through a participatory approach and demand driven agenda.

One of the guiding principles of AFRACA is to continuously develop the activities of the Association in order to meet the challenges of the changing world and to satisfy the needs of the member institutions. As we celebrate AFRACA@40, a crucial factor in this process is to plan the future on the basis of past experiences especially by listening to the people who have actively been involved with AFRACA from the onset.

The past as true as the present: Comments from the Afraca 15th Anniversary in 1992

“The vitality of the association rests on its members, on their faith in the development of Africa and on their willingness to cooperate with each other in order to build up individual experiences. To have been able to mobilize responsible Africans around a topic as important as agricultural credit is an example and reason to be proud of Afraca”. Mr. Noel Kabore, AFRACA Chairman (1991-1992)

“I am privileged to be able to say that I have been involved in AFRACA-related activities for nearly 19 years. Although Afraca is 15 years old, the foundation for AFRACA’s creation was laid down in the regional seminar for Agricultural Credit held in Accra Ghana in 1973. Subsequently I was involved in organizing the first General Assembly of AFRACA in Nairobi in 1977. For much of the 1980s I had very close working relationship with AFRACA and together we struggled through very difficult times, and here I am, after a short break of three years, hoping to see AFRACA stronger and more dynamic than ever”. P. Hussi, Senior Officer, Rural Finance FAO (1992)

‘’Since its creation in 1977. Afraca has been very active in the field of agricultural credit for Africa. In particular, it is worth mentioning the activity of AFRACA in organizing various seminars and workshops in different issues strictly related with the supply of financial services to rural areas. These meetings have provided the opportunity of exchanging relevant ideas on the subject and sharing positive experiences among different institutions and countries’’. F. Tambussi, Secretary General, Finafrica (1992)

‘’With the enormity of Africa’s financing gap in rural agriculture generally, Afraca should now address alternatives such that would compel more international attention and financial support to its laudable activities in training and skills enhancement and in contributing towards poverty alleviation in the rural areas of Africa.

Unless the above proposals are seriously considered, I fear AFRACA may not see the 1990s through. If it were to happen the demise of Africa would have denied Africa the most appropriate emphasis in a most critical area of its development. We must not let it happen’’. M.M. Turay, Executive Director, African Development Bank (1992)

‘’On average AFRACA’s achievements were very satisfactory based on more salient qualitative considerations. These include member and donor support, secretariat staff dedication and above all effectiveness of the sub-region’s activities. There’s need to sustain AFRACA as a viable organization by all of us’’. T.E Mutunhu, Chief Executive, Agricultural Finance Corporation Zimbabwe (Now Agribank Zimbabwe) (1992)

Afraca@40: How is Afraca 25 Years since the 15th Anniversary in 1992 and 40 Years since inception? Comments from members and partners.

 

 

Mr. Millison Narh

AFRACA Chairman / First Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana

For decades, AFRACA has been at the forefront in driving the Rural and Agriculture Finance Agenda in Africa. Over the last few years, the network has recorded tremendous success in the promotion of appropriate policy framework and supporting member institutions provide sustainable quality financial services to the rural and agricultural communities in the Continent. As the AFRACA chairman, I am deeply honoured to be part of this campaign to revolutionize finance for African Agriculture.

It is gratifying to note, as the lead advocate and coordinator of rural and agricultural finance, AFRACA continues to provide the requisite leadership to improve the rural and agricultural finance industry in Africa through its various interventions and initiatives touching on Policy development and Advocacy, Capacity building, Knowledge Management & Information sharing, Partnership & Networking and Creating opportunities for Agricultural Value Chain Finance in the Continent. I therefore kindly invite and welcome all stakeholders to join hands with Afraca in developing an inclusive financial sector in Africa.

R.A.J. Roberts, formerly Chief, Agricultural Marketing and Rural Finance Service, FAO, Rome

“AFRACA has been a sustained success largely because over the decades it has continued to meet real needs, and to do so in a changing, dynamic environment.  One key example is the drive to include central banks in the membership mix, bringing in valuable expertise, while also exposing the sentinels of financial systems to the challenges of effectively serving agricultural sectors.

I wish AFRACA all the very best for the coming decades. We all know that there is much to be done in the challenging area of rural financial inclusion.”

Calvin Miller: Formerly of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

“I wish to sincerely congratulate AFRACA on its 40 years of valuable service to rural and agricultural finance in Africa and its contribution not only in Africa but across the globe. It has and will continue to play a leading role in facilitating and promoting continual improvement in technical understanding and innovations, promotion of improved policies, and advocating for learning and sharing across organizations and countries. AFRACA has been a trusted and important strategic partner of FAO for collaborating in promoting change and development. I look forward to continued collaboration with AFRACA.”

Michael Hailu, Director CTA

“Afraca has been a key partner of CTA in our joint efforts to engage the financial sector in delivering greater support to the agricultural and rural development sector. We have worked together closely in bringing financial institutions such as central banks to the table and engaged them in policy dialogue on the possibilities and opportunities of improving the rural and agricultural finance environment in Africa. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Afraca in delivering on this crucial task.

CTA is delighted to join with Afraca in celebrating the Association’s 40 years of empowering rural Africa”.

African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Association (ACCOSCA)

George Ombado (ICUDE)

ACCOSCA-Chief Executive Officer

“Today we celebrate AFRACA’S 40 years of tireless commitment to promoting financial inclusion and rural agriculture in Africa, it is time to reflect on your contribution both as an organization and as individuals. Africa Rural Agriculture financing could not be what it is today without the initiatives and intervention programs your organization has continuously advocated for and implemented over the 40-year period. You truly earned the much-deserved recognition; through your services the community has earned a lot.

We remain committed to working with your organization as we all share in the efforts to change the face of Africa’s rural agriculture by increasing access to rural agriculture financing.” Happy Anniversary!

SISDO Microfinance

“We are privileged to be part of this glorious network. It has been exhilarating to be on a journey together and to witness the growth of your organization into a powerful and inclusive organization that it is today. We extend our appreciation to all those involved in Leadership roles. Thank you for serving us so faithfully and adding value to our MFIs.”

While it’s not easy to recap here four decades of AFRACA’s service to the rural and agricultural finance industry, it is gratifying to report that a special publication “ Afraca Journey through the Years 1977 – 2017” will be launched to commemorate the 40th anniversary. From a modest beginning, the network has grown to be a force to reckon with in the area of rural and agricultural finance, not only within the African continent but also globally. Over the years AFRACA has been blessed with diverse, committed and dedicated members and partners collaborating in promoting inclusive rural and agricultural finance in Africa. While significant strides have been made, more needs to be done to achieve the AFRACA vision of a rural Africa where all people have access to sustainable financial services for economic development. We appreciate existing and welcome new Members & Partners for greater synergy and impact. Afraca is poised and re-strategizing to do more in supporting member institutions and the industry in general for sustainable, quality financial services with special focus on the bottom of the pyramid and agricultural communities in Africa. Please send your comments and commitments on partnering with us in improving rural and agricultural finance.

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Upcoming Events

august 2017

mon14aug - 18aug 148:00 amaug 18International Exposure Visit on Financial Inclusion8:00 am - 5:00 pm (18) Lucknow, India

september 2017

mon4sep - 8sep 48:00 amsep 8African Green Revolution Forum8:00 am - 6:00 pm (8) Ivory Coast
mon18sep - 20sep 188:00 amsep 20Training of Trainers on ICT in Rural Finance facilitated by Sister network APRACA8:00 am - 5:00 pm (20) Bangkok, ThailandEvent Organized By: APRACA CENTRAB
mon25sep - 27sep 258:00 amsep 27International Conference on Best Practices in Rural and Agricultural FinanceAdaptability of Risk Sharing Financing Mechanism in African Agriculture 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (27) Kinshasa, DRCEvent Organized By: AFRACA

october 2017

mon2oct - 6oct 28:00 amoct 6AFRACA Training Workshop on Warehousing Receipt based systems8:00 am - 5:00 pm (6) Lusaka, ZambiaEvent Organized By: AFRACA & Bank of Zambia
mon9oct - 10oct 99:00 amoct 10The African 2017 Microfinance Week and annual meeting for microfinance professionals in Africa9:00 am - 5:00 pm (10) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
tue10oct - 14oct 108:00 amoct 14Special Training on Development and Management of Agency Banking8:00 am - 5:00 pm (14) Nairobi, Kenya
mon16oct - 20oct 168:00 amoct 20Exchange Visit Programme for Farmer Producer Groups to China facilitated by sister network APRACA8:00 am - 5:00 pm (20) Huainan, ChinaEvent Organized By: APRACA CENTRAB
sun22oct - 28oct 229:00 amoct 28Agriculture and climate change; including Global business and trade discussions9:00 am - 5:00 pm (28) Québec, Canada

november 2017

wed8nov - 10nov 89:00 amnov 10Impact Investment (Opportunities and Challenges) alongside AFRACA @40 anniversary celebration including award dinner9:00 am - 5:00 pm (10) Accra, Ghana
wed22nov - 24nov 228:00 amnov 24Training Workshop on Market Assessment8:00 am - 5:00 pm (24) Nairobi, Kenya
mon27nov - 1decnov 278:00 amdec 1- 5:00 pmInternational Study Visit Programme on Microfinance and SMEs Development in Peru8:00 am - (december 1) 5:00 pm Lima, Peru


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TWO WEEKS TO GO!

Register today and be part of the 7th AFRACA International Training of Trainers (ToT) in Agricultural Value Chain Finance (AVCF) scheduled for 28th August to 1st September 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The training is in collaboration with:

FAO: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

NIRSAL: The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) NIRSAL

Central Bank of Nigeria. Central Bank Of Nigeria

The lead trainer will be Dr. Prasun Das of Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (#APRACA), Thailand. He holds a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Sciences (Agronomy) from the state Agriculture University of West Bengal (BCKVV), India and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Financial Management from Jadavpur University, India.

The other facilitator will be the Dr. Isma’ila Yunusa Ilu the former Executive Director NAERLS/ABU ZARIA, Agriculture, M.Sc., Ph.D. Agricultural Economics (ABU, Zaria).
For application kindly check the link below
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Register for the upcoming 7th Edition of AFRACA International Training of Trainers in Agricultural Value Chain Finance (AVCF) in Abuja, Nigeria from 28th August to 1st September 2017 facilitated by Afraca, FAO, CBN and NIRSAL.
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Afraca Secretary General, Saleh Usman Gashua joins his fellow Hand in Hand East Africa (HiH EA) Board members attend Corporate Governance Training facilitated by J.M. Mantle alongside Board meeting from 23 to 26 July 2017 at Lake Naivasha Country Club, Kenya. HiH EA, a member of Afraca and the Hand in Hand Global network is one of the most active and fastest growing NGO in East Africa striving to uplift people’s lives. HiH EA vision is to reduce poverty through enterprise development and job creation. ... See MoreSee Less

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