Webinar | Financing Agribusiness Growth Opportunities in South Asia

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Who should attend?

Bankers and other financiers interested in expanding agricultural lending.

This is a free online event, organized by the World Bank's AgriFin.

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 About the Event

Continued growth in population, incomes, and urbanization as well as improved competitiveness of agricultural value chains will lead to a substantial growth of the agribusiness industry in South Asia over the next decade. Financial institutions can play a critical role in supporting the agribusiness growth by providing the necessary capital along entire value chains.

Our speaker, Ms. Åsa Giertz, senior agriculture economist at the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice will discuss the key findings from recently conducted work for an upcoming World Bank report. She will explain how financial institutions interested in expanding their agricultural lending portfolio can take advantage of the agribusiness growth opportunities in South Asia. Åsa's presentation will cover the following:

  • Overview of South Asia's Agro-Food sector's performance 
  • Lessons from the experience of South Asia's lead firms; what banks should know about their potential clients.
  • Policy constraints affecting trade, domestic markets, and input markets.

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 About the Speaker

Åsa Giertz, Senior Agriculture Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank

Åsa Giertz is a senior agriculture economist specialist at the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice, where she works with the Agricultural Risk Management Team. She currently leads risk management work in Africa, Asia, and Central Asia, supporting countries in identifying systemic risks and risk management mechanisms for their agriculture sectors. Ms. Giertz has worked with agricultural development in the World Bank for the past nine years in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Central and South Asia. Her main focus is agricultural policy, and she has contributed to numerous World Bank publications, including the 2013 flagship report, “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential for Agribusiness.” She has also supported a wide range of World Bank financed investment projects. Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Giertz worked for two years for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, and before that for the Swedish Private Sector and for the Swedish Ministry of the Environment. Ms. Giertz has a M.Sc. in Macro and Development Economics from the Stockholm University and a M.Sc. in Food and Nutrition Policy from City University London