This webinar is held on Wednesday 25 November 2020. The panel discussed ways to increase the effectiveness of agri-business investment for economic growth and sustainability.

Panellists Laura Amaya of FSG and Olivia Elliot of CASA’s Technical Assistance Facility, features analysis of:

Bending the arc: How the full spectrum of capital can enable inclusive growth in agriculture. 

CASA’s Technical Assistant Facility first learning paper.

Intended audience

Impact Investors; Development Finance Institutions; Commercial Lenders; Agri-Business companies; Investment Promotion Agencies; Agri-Business Experts; Donors; NGOs and Think Tanks.


Welcome by Alice Chapple
Introduction to CASA and the Agri-Business Breakthrough Webinar Series
Laura Amaya FSGPresentation of key findings and recommendations from ‘Bending the arc: How the full spectrum of capital can enable inclusive growth in agriculture’
Olivia Elliot CASA Technical Assistance FacilityPresentation of case studies:
– Disrupt and Grow – Dehaat, India
– Guide and Shift
Questions from the audience Targeted to panellists
Alice Chapple CASAWrap-up of key takeaways

Speaker Biographies

Laura Amaya (panellist) is an associate director at FSG based in London. She has worked with companies, foundations, and NGOs across Latin America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe that drive social change through competitive business strategy. She co-leads FSG’s Latin America and gender equity practices.

Laura has advised clients on shared value strategies, impact investing and inclusive markets models. She has worked across a range of sectors and industries, including agriculture, global health, energy, extractives, manufacturing and finance. Among recent projects, Laura has shaped the shared value strategy for an energy company in Latin America, assessed the role of development finance in shaping more inclusive markets alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and advised a global foundation on their approach to menstrual health and hygiene.

Laura previously worked in FSG’s Mumbai office, where she developed and scaled inclusive business models grounded in deep customer understanding and rigorous business analytics. She worked in the areas of sanitation, family planning, and ecosystem shaping, and led field research in India, Nigeria and Colombia. Laura has co-authored several FSG reports, and has been a speaker at a number of high-profile events in Europe and Latin America.

Olivia Elliot (panellist) is the learning and evidence lead on CASA’s Technical Assistance Facility. 

Olivia has over 12 years’ experience in emerging markets with a focus on agribusiness advisory in Africa. Since 2011 she has lived and worked in East Africa where she also consults for the IFC’s Agribusiness Advisory Services department. She has also advised the FCDO’s Food Trade East and Southern Africa programme and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. 

Previously, she worked for the Gatsby Foundation for six years, where she oversaw an input-loan contract farming scheme targeting 350,000 cotton farmers in Tanzania. She also spent two years on secondment to the Tanzanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment where she led investor visits to the country. She began her career in at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), a strategy consulting firm in London.

Olivia holds a First Class MA in politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. She speaks French and Swahili.

Alice Chapelle

Alice Chapple (moderator) 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.

About the series

This series of webinars features evidence and analysis by the CASA programme and partners to support the commercialisation of agriculture in emerging markets across the developing world. The webinars are designed to: showcase solutions to the most common challenges in agri-business for inclusive growth and support investment facilitation in agriculture in emerging markets.

Each webinar lasts 60 minutes and take place on the last Wednesday of the month. The series started with an extended focus on building better following the upheaval wrought by COVID-19.

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