About the event

MACFRUT is the top event for professionals in the fruit and vegetable sector, both in Italy and beyond. It is a vertical trade fair representing the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain, from production and trade, machinery and plants, materials and packaging, agricultural machinery, greenhouses and irrigation, spices and herbs, nursery and seeds, bio-solutions, to logistics and services.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) will co-host a roundtable as part of the ‘Agri-food SME Forum’ at MACFRUT 2023 on the state of green finance across various agricultural value chains in Latin America and the Caribbean. The session will include two panels, with the first focusing on the challenges and solutions in achieving scale in green finance projects and programs engaging with MSMEs and small farmers in the region. The second panel will focus on identifying priorities in terms of capacity, regulatory systems, and knowledge that allow public development banks to expand access to green finance for MSMEs, producer associations, and small producers.


Event Details:

Event dates: 04 May 2023

Location: Rimini, Italy

Organizer: SAFIN | IFAD



Quote: "Governments, multilateral agencies, and national and international financial institutions should make investments to create the necessary conditions for family farming and agribusiness to be productive, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable," Rossana Polastri, Regional Director of the Latin America and the Caribbean Division, IFAD

Summary article:

SAFIN members from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) joined IFAD at the Agri-Food SME Forum of the MACFRUT Fair 2023 to discuss the state of green finance in the region, and how sustainable finance can strengthen the capacity of vulnerable rural areas to cope with climate change. The Agri-Food SME Forum brought together delegations from 20 countries from LAC, the Italian government, representatives of public development banks, the private sector and academia to discuss the challenges in topics such as food security, sustainability, resilience, innovation and technology transfer, territorial governance and social and productive inclusion in the region.

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