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NTF4Ag Online: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers

Event Date: 
Mar 25, 2020 to Mar 26, 2020
3:00 pm to 8:30 am EDT
Online Event


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There’s no need to leave home to join a digital community of experts exploring the use of non-traditional finance to deliver sustainable and scalable agricultural innovations for smallholder farmers. As many events worldwide shift to digital formats, MEDA INNOVATE invites you to participate in a virtual learning event, NTF4Ag Online – Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers, where we’ll share results and insights from a global research portfolio.

NTF4Ag will comprise of two virtual conversations held on March 25 and March 26, 2020 to accommodate participants from various time zones. The two learning sessions will follow the same format with different speakers:

  1. Opening + Setting the Stage
  2. Research Lightning Talks delivered by MEDA INNOVATE partners
  3. Fireside Chat: Ag Finance Experts Respond to Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers of NTF
  4. Q&A Closing + What’s Next?

Register for Day 1 Session:

March 25, 2020

3 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Register for Day 2 Session:

March 26, 2020

7 AM – 8:30 AM EDT

Research Lightning Talks delivered by:

  • Anne-Cécile Delwaide – Consultant, Agronomy Technology Limited (ATL)
  • Kallisse Dent – Researcher, World Relief
  • Luke Colavito – Economist, iDE
  • Mauricio Moscoso – Head of Risk, CIDRE IFD
  • Rhona Murungi – Program Officer, World Relief
  • Rocio Perez Ochoa – Co-founder/Director, Bidhaa Sasa

Fireside Chat with Dan Zook, Executive Director, ISF Advisors, facilitated by Ben Fowler, Principal, MarketShare Associates (MSA)

Research Lightning Talks delivered by:

  • Vyone Ming'ate – Program Manager, Dodore Kenya Limited
  • Maruf Azam – Coordinator, Krishi Utsho, CARE Bangladesh
  • Patricia Chin-Sweeney – Managing Director, I-DEV International

Fireside Chat with:

  • John Amimo – Programme Coordinator, African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA)
  • Calvin Miller – Agricultural Finance Expert
  • Carolina Trivelli – Senior Researcher, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP)


This event is presented by INNOVATE (Adoption of Agricultural Innovations through Non-Traditional Financial Services), a three-year initiative implemented by MEDA and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) assessing the potential of non-traditional finance to enable large scale adoption of agricultural innovations among women and men smallholder farmers in South Asia, South America and East Africa.

About MEDA     

Since 1953, MEDA has been implementing effective market-driven programs globally. MEDA combines innovative private sector solutions with a commitment to the advancement and empowerment of excluded, low-income and disadvantaged communities (including women and youth) with core expertise in market systems, financial services, and investment. MEDA partners with local private, public and civil society actors, strengthening individuals, institutions, communities and ecosystems, and thereby contributing to sustainable and inclusive systemic change.

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