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CASA Programme

CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room

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The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme supports the commercial and development case for investing in agribusinesses that source produce from smallholders in the global South. The summit is designed to provide communities of investors opportunities to reflect on issues affecting the viability and growth of agri-businesses. This year’s inaugural summit focuses on three research reports commissioned by the CASA programme. In addition to the researchers, the three sessions will also feature agribusinesses on the virtual panels reflecting on lessons learnt by them and their peers. The platform for the Summit supports the AGRF Deal Room and will facilitate active networking amongst participants. 

Session 1 – ICTs for improving investment readiness of small and medium agribusinesses 

Digitization and the use of technology is critical in transforming agribusinesses into high performing and efficient enterprises. With increasing available platforms and tools, agribusinesses must engage and exploit the full benefit of digital efficiency.

This session explores the factors behind successful deployment of mobile technologies to improve agribusiness productivity and investment readiness while having a positive developmental impact at the smallholder farmer level. The discussion will be framed around research conducted by CASA, which analysed over 100 mobile-based value-added services targeted at agribusinesses across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Bringing together a diverse panel representing some of the most successful service providers in the field and facilitating the identification of investment opportunities both at the agribusiness and service provider levels.

Agenda

Timing (GMTSpeakerComment
09.30 (3’)Welcome by Alice Chapple
UK
Introduction to CASA and CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room
09.33 (5’)Keynote by Richard Teuten, OBE
UK
Opening remarks

09.38 (10’)Alvaro Valverde, CASA
Austria
Presentation of research, main findings and recommendations
09.48 (2’)Alice ChappleQuestions for the panellists to guide their interventions (see below)
09.50 (7’)David Davies, AgUnity
Australia
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
09.57 (7’)Jan Willem van Casteren, eProd
Kenya
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
10.04 (7’)Prof. Muhammadou Kah, Malabo Montpelier Panel
The Gambia
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
10.11 (15’)Questions from the audience Targeted to panellists
10.26 (4’)Alice ChappleWrap-up of key takeaways

Speaker Biographies

Richard Teuten OBE (Keynote Speaker)

Richard Teuten

Richard is Head of the Growth and Resilience Department at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He is responsible for policy on economic development, urbanisation, agriculture, infrastructure and manufacturing in DFID and provision of cross-country technical assistance projects in these areas.

He has also been the Head of the International Financial Institutions Department, as well as Head of the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit. In December 2019 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire after a 35 year career at DFID.

Alvaro Valverde (Lead Researcher)

Alvaro ValverdeAlvaro is an international development adviser with experience designing and implementing projects, policy, strategy and research in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

He is currently working for CABI as Private Sector Engagement Manager and as Relationship Manager for DFID’s funded Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme. His work involves: developing and managing CABI’s Private Sector Engagement and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) strategy and portfolio; as well as leading CASA’s stakeholder engagement and global strategy to substantially increase the amount of investment available for agribusinesses and smallholder farmers across Africa and Asia.

David Davies (Panellist)

David DaviesDavid is the founder of AgUnity, FAC Global Agripreneur of the Year 2018, working on UN SDG’s, elimination of Poverty and increasing smallholder farmer incomes.

AgUnity is a philanthropic venture applying blockchain and smartphone technology to improve the lives of small farmer cooperatives in developing countries. Widely recognized by major NGO’s and winner of many AgTech and Philanthropy awards and accolades.

Previously, he had over a decade in senior roles at global investment banks (Goldman Sachs, Lehman, Nomura & SCB). In between banking, he was the founder CEO of successful startups in FinTech SaaS and mobile technology (back in 2001 when mobile was very new).

Jan Willem Van Casteren (Panellist)

Jan WillemJan Willem is Non Executive Director or eProd Solutions Ltd, which offers an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) tool for supplier management for SMEs active (e.g. traders and food processors) and member-based organizations (e.g. cooperatives) that aim at building a sustainable sourcing relationship with large numbers of suppliers in agriculture, livestock or fisheries.

He has over 20 years of international work experience covering policy research, private sector development, inclusive business in agriculture and food security, renewable energy and public private partnerships, with an extensive record of securing funds from private sector and bi- and multilateral donors. Since he has worked for international development organizations as well as in the private sector, he knows how to successfully bridge and connect these worlds, especially in Kenya and other East African countries. 

Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah (Panellist)

Prof. KahProf. Kah was recently named as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost & Professor of Information Technology & Computing at American University of Nigeria. Previously, Prof. Kah was Vice Rector (Vice President) for Technology & Innovations, Founding Dean and Professor of IT and Communications for the School of IT & Engineering at ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan. He was also former Rector (Vice Chancellor) of the University of The Gambia serving for six years. He was the third Rector (Vice Chancellor) and 1st Gambian to provide leadership for the University of The Gambia. 

In 2016, the University of The Gambia awarded him a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) and in 2015, he was honored with an appointment as a Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School, in the UK. He also is the recipient of the 2014 President of The Republic of The Gambia National Leadership Award and National (Gambia) Merit Insignia awards (ORG) and (MRG).  He completed his BSc, MSc, Advanced Diploma and Ph.D. at the Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ. He also holds an MSc in Financial Engineering from The George Washington University, a Postgraduate in Strategy & Innovation from University of Oxford, An Advanced Leadership Certificate from University of Cambridge and a Certified International Director and Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.

Alice Chapple (Moderator)

Alice ChapelleAlice is an economist and a specialist in impact investment and impact assessment. She is CASA’s investment Adviser and she established Impact Value in October 2012. She has spent her career working to find ways in which companies and investors can have a meaningful impact beyond financial returns. Her strong network enables her to draw in people with the right expertise for specific projects when needed.

Before establishing Impact Value, Alice worked as Director of Sustainable Financial Markets at Forum for the Future. She also worked as as financial analyst, fund manager and social and environmental advisor for the CDC Group.

Alice’s current roles include Chair of Investor Watch (which seeks to align capital markets with a sustainable future through Carbon Tracker and Planet Tracker), Independent Chair of the CDC Plus (Technical Assistance) Committee, Trustee of the Shell Foundation, and member of the Advisory Boards of Sainsbury’s Foundation, Frontier Finance Solutions and Connected Asset Management. Alice is also working with the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership to develop and tutor their course on sustainable finance.

Session 2 – Effectiveness of agri-business incubation in emerging markets

This session will focus on the effectiveness of SME agribusiness incubation and acceleration to increase agricultural investment. The session will showcase examples of SME incubators that have successfully promoted agricultural investment over the past 10 years. The discussion will be framed around research conducted by CASA and will bring together a diverse panel with experience in implementing successful and impactful agri-business incubation and acceleration models.

Timing (GMT)SpeakerComment
12.00 (3’)Welcome by Alice Chapple
UK
Introduction to CASA and CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room
12.03 (10’)Alberto Didoni, Varcando
UK
Presentation of research, main findings and recommendations
12.13 (2’)Alice ChappleQuestions for the panellists to guide their interventions (see below)
12.15 (7’)Srinivas Ramanujam, Villgro
India
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
12.22 (7’)Jonathan Philroy, ICRISAT
India
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
12.29 (7’)Louise De Klerk, Timbali Technology Incubator
South Africa
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
12.36 (7’)Ralph von Kaufmann, UniBRAIN
UK
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
12.43 (15’)Questions from the audience Targeted to panellists
12.58 (2’)Alice ChappleWrap-up of key takeaways

Speaker Biographies

Alberto Didoni (Lead Researcher)

Alberto DidioniAlberto is the founder and Managing Directorof Varcando Ltd,  a consulting firm that provides advisory services to companies and investors on cross-border transactions and investment projects in emerging and frontier economies. After having spent a decade working for major international organizations such as The World Bank/IFC group in Central and Latin America and for a venture capital fund specialized in microfinance/SME lending in Sub-Saharan Africa, Alberto decided that it was time to leverage his know-how and network of contacts across emerging markets to help investors and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to cross borders, taking advantage of opportunities, know-how and resources available on both sides of the world.
He has extensive experience working in the management consulting industry in Emerging and Frontier Markets. Skilled in Business Planning, Private Sector Development, Finance, Venture Capital, and Private Equity. Strong business development professional with a Master’s degree focused in International Economics from University of Geneva.

Srinivas Ramanujam (Panellist)

SrinivasSrinivas is the Chief Executive Officer of Villgro, which is one of India’s pioneering incubators of social enterprises. He is an IIM Calcutta Alumnus. He is known for his ability to wear multiple hats at work, with nearly two decades of experience, he has dabbled in sales, marketing, brand management and strategy across retail finance, consumer goods, automotive, farm equipment and agri-input sectors.

At Villgro, he began his journey as an advisor to one of our incubatees- Flybird Innovations. Prior to this, at Mahindra & Mahindra, as an intrapreneur, he helped incubate business concepts across the auto and farm sectors. He is also the India Steering Committee Member at Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Philroy (Panellist)

Jonathan PhilroyJonathan Philroy is a Manager with the Agribusiness & Innovation Platform (AIP) at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Jon holds an MBA from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. He is also an infoDev (World Bank) certified business incubation trainer.

At AIP,  he manages the Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) operations that involve working with ag-tech start-ups in validating and scaling-up their business ideas and products/services, co-ordinating start-up service modules with help from the ICRISAT scientific community and resources. He also undertakes marketing and promotional activities for the incubator and start-ups, and implements consultancy assignments and projects for scaling-up and sustainability of ABI.

Louise de Klerk (Panellist)

Louise De KlerkLouise is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Timbali Technology Incubator. Timbali Technology Incubator in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa seeks to help rural farmers whose livelihood has been undercut by high-volume large farms. Supported by government financing and fee-based services, Timbali is largely based on a franchise model. Its clients supply cut flowers to Amablom,Timbali’s commercial arm. Individual clients can begin generating revenue almost immediately. Timbali helps clients both onsite and off, training them in business methods and helping them find loans to get started. It is helping clients expand intoother product lines and value-added food processing, and plans to export its model into other parts of South Africa.

Ralph von Kaufmann (Panellist)

Ralph von KaufmannRalph is the co-founder of Hakika Ltd and an associate consultant for African Agribusiness Incubators’ Network (AAIN). Previously, he was responsible for the coordination of the facility for the Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN) initiative which is supporting the establishment of agribusiness incubators in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia.

He has over 40 years of experience across the African continent in agribusiness incubation, foresight, livestock systems & controlled environment agriculture. Ralph has worked for International Organisations in a range of roles, including Director for External Realtions at ILRI.

Alice Chapple (Moderator)

Alice ChapelleAlice is an economist and a specialist in impact investment and impact assessment. She is CASA’s investment Adviser and she established Impact Value in October 2012. She has spent her career working to find ways in which companies and investors can have a meaningful impact beyond financial returns. Her strong network enables her to draw in people with the right expertise for specific projects when needed.

Before establishing Impact Value, Alice worked as Director of Sustainable Financial Markets at Forum for the Future. She also worked as as financial analyst, fund manager and social and environmental advisor for the CDC Group.

Alice’s current roles include Chair of Investor Watch (which seeks to align capital markets with a sustainable future through Carbon Tracker and Planet Tracker), Independent Chair of the CDC Plus (Technical Assistance) Committee, Trustee of the Shell Foundation, and member of the Advisory Boards of Sainsbury’s Foundation, Frontier Finance Solutions and Connected Asset Management. Alice is also working with the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership to develop and tutor their course on sustainable finance.

Session 3 – Bridging demand and supply of private investment capital for SMEs  

The aim of the panel is to discuss alternative strategies used by investors and development actors to bridge the risk and reward gap of investing in agri-SMEs, as well as the available supply of investment ready agri-SMEs. The session will explore different mechanisms used by investors to identify investment ready agri-SMEs, as well as different models of agri-SME financing and technical assistance. The discussion will be framed around research conducted by CASA and will bring together a diverse range of panellists, including investors and investment support stakeholders. 

Agenda 

Timing (GMT)SpeakerComment
14.30 (4’)Welcome by Alice Chapple
UK
Introduction to CASA and CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room
14.34 (10’)Prof. Thomas Jayne, Michigan State University
USA
Presentation of research, main findings and recommendations
14.44 (2’)Alice ChappleQuestions for the panellists to guide their interventions (see below)
14.46 (7’)Julia Wakeling, Silverstreet Capital Llp
South Africa
The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
15.00 (25’)Questions from the audience The moderator will introduce each speaker before they speak.
15.25 (5’)Alice ChappleWrap-up of key takeaways

Speaker Biographies

Prof. Thomas Jayne (Lead Researcher)

Thomas JayneThom Jayne is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. His works span numerous topics, including food marketing and price policies, changes in land use patterns, sustainable intensification, employment, and rural transformation. He has mentored dozens of young African professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African agricultural policy research institutes. Thom is Adjunct Professor at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Lusaka, Zambia, a board member of the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Eastern and Southern Africa, and was a founding Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnership at Michigan State University. In 2017, he became the Flagship Co-Leader of the CGIAR Policies, Institutions and Markets research program on Economy-wide Factors Affecting Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation. In 2019, Jayne is seconded to the African Development Bank, serving as Special Advisor to the President. Over the past decade, he has received six research excellence awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics and the 2017 AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis.

Julia Wakeling (Panellist)

Julia WakelingJulia oversees the management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, and the monitoring and reporting of the impact of Silverstreet Capital’s investments. SilverStreet Capital is a UK based investment advisor managing African agricultural funds. Its objectives are to achieve a positive long term social impact whilst making attractive returns for investors. Silverlands I is the largest Sub-Saharan African agricultural fund. SilverStreet Capital invests across the agricultural value chain, including the seed sector, primary production, processing, storage and trading in six countries in Southern and East Africa.

Timothy Strong (Panellist)

Timonhy StrongTim is the Head of Agriculture Finance at Opportunity International. Opportunity International provides microfinance loans, savings, insurance and training to over 14.3 million people who are working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in 24 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future. Their vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.

His previous roles at Opportunity International included Director of Operations – Agfinance/Branchless Banking and Regional AgFinance Adviser.

Alice Chapple (Moderator)

Alice ChapelleAlice is an economist and a specialist in impact investment and impact assessment. She is CASA’s investment Adviser and she established Impact Value in October 2012. She has spent her career working to find ways in which companies and investors can have a meaningful impact beyond financial returns. Her strong network enables her to draw in people with the right expertise for specific projects when needed.

Before establishing Impact Value, Alice worked as Director of Sustainable Financial Markets at Forum for the Future. She also worked as as financial analyst, fund manager and social and environmental advisor for the CDC Group.

Alice’s current roles include Chair of Investor Watch (which seeks to align capital markets with a sustainable future through Carbon Tracker and Planet Tracker), Independent Chair of the CDC Plus (Technical Assistance) Committee, Trustee of the Shell Foundation, and member of the Advisory Boards of Sainsbury’s Foundation, Frontier Finance Solutions and Connected Asset Management. Alice is also working with the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership to develop and tutor their course on sustainable finance.

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Date And Time

07-09-2020
 

Location

Online Event
 

Registration End Date

04-09-2020

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