7th AFRACA International Training of Trainers in Agricultural Value Chain Finance (AVCF), 28th August to 1st September 2017, Abuja, Nigeria

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Why Abuja




This training programme aims to provide trainees with a general understanding of agricultural value chain finance (AgVCF). It covers the AgVCF approach, major financial tools that may be used in AgVCF, and lessons often using case studies for enhancing the learning process. The modules are organized by theme, starting from more general themes and then more technical discussions of financial instruments. The training is structured to be taught in 10 four-hour sessions using PowerPoint (PPT) presentations, cases studies, exercises and group discussions and participation. Reading material is also provided for each module. Additional reading and reference material, including an electronic version, and/or printed copy, of the book Agricultural Value Chain Finance: Tools and Lessons by Miller and Jones, 2010, are provided to all trainees.
This 5 day latest intensive training is for professionals in the field of agri-value chain finance who are seeking practical and proven methods to excel, i.e. perform at their peak, move forward and fulfill their greatest potential. Provide through practical exercises and case studies and interactions among the participants as well as experts. The main objectives of this training are the following:
• To assist the participant in understanding the value chain concepts;
• To understand what it is and its application and how to strengthen it;
• To assess how financial systems , government and various services should be prepared for the demands of financing modern agri-food chains;
• Evaluate the impact of agri-value chain finance in inclusion especially for small producers;
• How value chain finance can be used to reduce the risk and facilitate access to finance;
• How financial institutions and non-financial institutions should do to increase support of effective agricultural financing through value chains.

The training programme involves both conceptual and applied learning. The theoretical part covered in the ten-module lessons is complemented by PPT presentations that sum up the content of each module. Each module is covered by corresponding real-life case studies that further explain the mechanisms and regulations discussed in the module. These case studies also provide an opportunity to use the newly acquired knowledge by exploring practical issues and answering discussion questions at the end of each study. The cases provided in the toolkit allow the training to best fit the context and time available. Thus, having provided the user with a broad range of material, he/she will become familiarized with the subject matter from different theoretical and practical perspectives. It is expected that the facilitator will provide their own experiences as part of the training and will elicit the experience and cases of the participants in the training.
Module 1: Overview of Agricultural Value Chains (AgVCs)
Module 2: AgVCF Context and Concept
Module 3: AgVCF Business Models
Module 4: AgVC Overview of Ag VCF Instruments and Use of Product Financing Instruments
Module 5: Receivable Financing Applied to AgVCs
Module 6: Physical Asset Collateralization Instruments
Module 7: Risk Mitigation in AgVCF
Module 8: Structured Finance and Financing Enhancements for the AgVC
Module 9: ICT as a Facilitating Tool in AgVCF
Module 10: AgVCF Innovations, Lessons and Course Wrap-up
(Optional) Module 11: Islamic Finance for AgVC Financing

Who Should Attend?

The programme may be attended by male or female practitioners and professionals in financial services, agriculture experts, officers, technical staff and other personnel who are directly or indirectly assisting clients in the field of rural and agricultural finance specifically working with the value chain finance.

Schedule and Venue

The course will be conducted in Abuja, Nigeria from 28th August -1st September 2017
for five days, exclusive of travel time. Registration will take place at the venue on at 8:00 a.m. on the first day. Participants will be required to produce a form of identification at the registration desk.

Training Fee

The fee for the course is US$ 1500 for participants from AFRACA Member institutions and US$ 2000 per participant for Non-Members. This covers meals (snacks and lunches) for the entire duration of the course, speakers/facilitator’s fees, training venue and materials, land arrangement as well as supplies and other administrative costs.
The fee does not include the international round trip air ticket and other incidental expenses. These will be for the account of the nominating organization.

The training fee should be remitted by bank transfer to AFRACA. However, all bank charges including that of the intermediary bank shall be for the account of the remitter.

AFRACA Bank Details

Account Holder: African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association
Bank: Equity Bank Limited
Branch: Equity Centre Branch
Swift Code: EQBLKENA
Account No: 0810297232884


AFRACA encourages all the participants to board at the International Training Institute of The Central Bank of Nigeria.

The hotel contact details are:

  1. International Training Institute of The Central Bank of Nigeria
  2. P ASSISTANT MANAGER | Development Finance Department
    T: 18649
    E: MEAZEBEOKHAI@cbn.gov.ng
    Rate: approx. USD 30 per night

  3. Denis Hotel
  4. Plot 910 Ndjamena Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja P.M.B. 5180 Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria
    Contact Person : Mr. Okoye Charles Chijioke Tel : +2348037915272.
    Other Hotel Reservation Contacts ;
    +234-9 4616900 ext 500
    +234-803 2864888
    +234-805 4444223KSMS 
    Rate: approx. USD 50 per night

There will be transport to pick up and drop participants to the training venue.

Dress Code

Formal attire is requested on the first day. Otherwise, smart casual is acceptable for other days of the training period.

Travel and Airport Reception

Several international airlines fly to Nigeria, and there are some direct flights to and from Nigeria from the Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Doula, and most West African Capital cities.
Some international airlines fly directly into Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja – KLM, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, ARIK Air and Air Nigeria
There are regular domestic flights by more than half a dozen airlines between Lagos and Abuja almost every hour between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm on week days and at intervals of every two hours on weekend.
There are easily identifiable registered airport taxi services at all airports in Nigeria. In Abuja and Lagos there are also air-conditioned airport bus shuttle services that are quite comfortable and cost effective.
City traffic can pose a challenge especially in Lagos and Abuja. Visitors are advised to make provision for traffic time in their schedules.
Airport pick-up and drops is being arranged.
AFRACA will arrange airport pick up, and there will be drivers from an appointed shuttle company commissioned by AFRACA to meet the participants. Drivers will carry a sign reading “AFRACA”.


Kindly complete the attached nomination form and return to AFRACA not later than 21 August 2017 to afraca@africaonline.co.ke and copy to MEAZEBEOKHAI@cbn.gov.ng


The program will be conducted in English.


The current weather in Nigeria is quite warm. Daytime temperatures range from 28-36 degrees Celsius in Abuja. Night time temperatures are slightly lower. The long rainy season begins in late February or early March and lasts until July. The short rainy season starts in September and runs through October, though, rains are not nearly as heavy as in the long season.


In Nigeria, all installations are British standard (see examples); check if you need to buy an adapter for your electrical equipment. Electricity supply for domestic use is generally 240 volts, 50 cycles AC.
Check your device to see what voltage ranges it handles. If you plan to bring any electrical equipment using lesser volts, then a converter is needed.

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Nigeria has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country.

International phone calls can be made easily. Appropriate SIM cards for the network are readily available everywhere, even in remote towns, and cell phones can be purchased or rented from major shops in Abuja. Most towns of any size will have several Internet cafes and computer centers’.


For more information do not hesitate to contact:

Caroll Bakang
Email: afraca@africaonline.co.ke and copy MEAZEBEOKHAI@cbn.gov.ng
Tel. +254 20 2715991; +254 20 2717911; +254 726 080454


IMPORTANT: This program is in high demand. Please register early.



Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located in the center of Nigeria, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja is a planned city, and was built mainly in the 1980s. It officially became Nigeria’s capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos, though the latter remains the country’s most populous city. Abuja’s geography is defined by Aso Rock, a 400-metre monolith left by water erosion. The Presidential Complex, National Assembly, Supreme Court and much of the city extend to the south of the rock. Zuma Rock, a 792-metre monolith, lies just north of the city on the road to Kaduna State.
At the 2006 census, the city of Abuja had a population of 776,298, making it one of the ten most populous cities in Nigeria. According to the United Nations, Abuja grew at the rate of 139.7% between 2000 and 2010, making it the fastest growing city in the world. As of 2015, the city is still experiencing an annual growth of at least 35%. Abuja has witnessed a huge influx of people into the city; the growth has led to the emergence of satellite towns such as Karu Urban Area, Suleja, Gwagwalada, Lugbe, Kuje and smaller settlements to which the planned city is sprawling. The unofficial metropolitan area of Abuja has a population of well over three million and comprises the fourth largest metropolitan area in Nigeria, surpassed only by Lagos, Kano and Ibadan.
Significant sights include the Nigerian National Mosque and the Nigerian National Christian Centre. The city is served by the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. Abuja is known for being one of the few purpose-built capital


Calvin Miller

Calvin MillerCalvin Miller

Former Senior Officer and Leader- Agribusiness and Finance Group, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

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Leader of the agribusiness and finance group, which works on all issues related to agricultural and rural finance and investment together with agribusiness and value chain development.

Agricultural Economist and finance specialist with significant field and global experience in agricultural finance, microfinance and investment as well as agricultural economic development. It includes work as Country Manager of MEDA in Bolivia, Director of Economic Development in CARE, and consulting with numerous development agencies. While leading MEDA Bolivia he led in the development of rural and agricultural finance programs, producer organizations and cooperatives and an agricultural marketing company. In CARE he led the global technical team which provided the overall strategic direction, leadership, technical support and key training for over 200 CARE micro and small enterprise, and agriculture and natural resource projects in over 50 countries. He was founder of and is active in MicroVest, a $200 million dollar, global, socially responsive, family of microfinance investment funds financed by private sector investors and also on the Board of FairTrade Access Investment Fund. He is the author of numerous publications, including a book on Agricultural Value Chain Finance: Tools and Lessons and publications on Agricultural Investment Funds for Developing Countries and Agricultural Guarantee Schemes.

Prasun Das

prasun dasDr. Prasun Das

Secretary General, Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA), Thailand

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Dr. Prasun earned his doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Sciences (Agronomy) from the state Agriculture University of West Bengal (BCKVV), India in April 1993. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Financial Management from Jadavpur University, India. Dr. Das admitted as Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (CAIIB), Mumbai, India in 2002. The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) conferred the most prestigious scholarship C H Bhaba Scholarship and Fellowship to Dr. Prasun Kumar Das in 2005 to recognize his research work on ‘Business models to augment agriculture finance by the commercial banks in India’. Dr. Das is also a recipient of the Post-doctoral fellowship from Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF), Mumbai in 2008 to conduct research on ‘Role of business correspondents/facilitators in financial inclusion’.

Dr. Das is holding honorary membership in various International Networks and Associations including UN Microfinance Community. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, Indian Society of Agronomy, International Society for Agricultural Banking etc. Dr. Prasun published 15 research papers in peer reviewed journals of international repute apart from book chapters and commissioned reports in the area of agriculture finance, value chain finance, rural finance and financial inclusion. Dr. Das is also advisor to many of the Government and Non-Government bodies dealing with rural development. He is a recognized leader in the area of rural and agriculture banking in south and south-east Asia.

Prior to this assignment, Dr. Prasun was the Research Director of LANSA (Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia) which is a multi-country and multi-stakeholder project funded by Department for International Development (DFID), Government of UK. He worked with public sector commercial bank for more than 17 years and engaged in developing agriculture and rural finance. While working as ‘Visiting Expert ‘for Food & Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome office Dr. Das in this developed a training module on agriculture value chain finance.

Dr. Das’s engagement with the current IFAD supported project and APRACA Network in general will provide a new perspective in developing the research based documents on global best practices on sustainable rural finance which will help the capacity building process of the member institutions in rural finance. Apart from this, He will facilitate the close collaboration with the concerned ministries and agencies, and rural finance practitioners and funders in the 5 focus countries (P. R. China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, & Thailand). This facilitation will also help APRACA to link with all ongoing IFAD projects in the countries with a rural finance component as part of a larger pool for review.



Former, Executive Director , Agriculture, M.Sc., Ph.D Agricultural Economics (ABU, Zaria)

Work Experience

  • Consultant Kano State Fadama III Baseline Survey ( July 2009-Jul. 2010)
  • Consultant to Fadama III National Fadama Coordination Office; Review of Local Development Plans (LDP) and Capacity building of Staff on the facilitation of the development and evaluation of development plans (Feb –March 2010).
  • Consultant to Kano State Commercial Agriculture Development Project. Capacity building of Monitoring and Evaluation Officers on Result-Based Monitoring and Evaluation. October 2010. Contact person: Mohammed Badawi KNARDA Kano
  • Consultant to Bridge to MARKETS 2, USAID MARKETS: Capacity Building of Water User Associations (WUA) At Bakalori Irrigation Project Talatar Mafara,
  • Consultant to SG2000; Diagnostic Survey of Farmer Based Organizations and Development in Nigeria (Sept 2012).
  • Consultant to FAO Nigerian Livestock/Meat and Milk Value Chain Study. TCP/SFW/3402; Support to policy initiatives for the Development of livestock/meat and dairy value chains in West Africa (June 2013)
  • Facilitator to Afraca training on “Propelling Economic Development through Functional Agricultural Value Chain Financing Models: Lessons learnt and emerging opportunities” Lagos, Nigeria- February 26-28, 2014
  • Participant at the International Conference on Improving Agricultural Finance held in Abuja, Nigeria 11 to 12 April 2016.
  • Participant at the International Conference on FIN4AGR. Revolutionizing finance for value chains for held in Nairobi Kenya 14 to 18, July 2014.
  • Participant at the train the trainer workshop on Value chain financing, Nairobi Kenya, 20 to 26 July 2014.

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