Microfinance Focus, 4 July, 2014: The 2015 Cracking the Nut conference in Lusaka, Zambia promises two days of high-quality discussion of recent innovations in financial inclusion in rural and agricultural markets — markets now faced with the new challenge of adapting to climate change.
Attendees of the March 2 – 3 conference will learn about a wide range of timely topics, including the strengthening of rural and agricultural infrastructure, the expansion of financial services to previously underserved farmers and rural clients, and how farmers can increase their agricultural production in the face of shifting global weather.
Keeping the environment and natural resources in mind while working to boost financial access and agricultural and economic productivity will be a central concern of Cracking the Nut 2015, which will build on the January 2014 conference in Rwanda.
In addition to the learning-focused conference itself, attendees will be given the chance to attend the Agricultural Value Chain Finance Training, for an additional $995 for early bird registrants, and $1,295 for those who register later. The training will cover basic value chain concepts, teaching participants how to strengthen these systems while properly assessing risks. Attendees will come away with concrete knowledge concerning creating value chain financial products that meet the needs of all participating actors.
Participants who register now will receive a 25 percent discount from the regular registration fee. The call for proposals to present at the March 2015 Cracking the Nut Conference is now open.
The following is a discussion from this year’s Cracking the Nut Africa event, which was held in Kigali, Rwanda in January:
Featured image courtesy of Vikash Kumar Photography.