About the event

Accelerating access to agricultural finance in Asia

An in-person consultative working session organized by the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) and hosted by the Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) on the side-lines of the Regional Policy Forum to be held on 8-9 August 2024 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


In 2022, the SAFIN Secretariat initiated the establishment of Regional Working Groups (RWGs) to foster a synergistic environment for network members within the same geographical area. This initiative was designed to facilitate connectivity, foster exchange, and encourage collaboration. Anchored in SAFIN’s tripartite framework of action, the RWGs primarily focused on:

  1. Convening regional stakeholders to promote strategic alignment and enhance networking opportunities;
  2. Cultivating opportunities for knowledge exchange and capacity building;
  3. Creating a forum for collaborative engagement and the joint development of initiatives.

Subsequent to their inception, the RWGs have seen significant progress. A proactive, regionally-based member was designated as the Regional Lead, exemplified by APRACA’s appointment. Concurrently, a concerted effort was made to recruit a shared resource person, allocating approximately 50% of their time to the coordination of SAFIN’s regional endeavours, with the remainder dedicated to bolstering the lead institution’s operations.

In a strategic move to galvanize participation within these newly formed RWGs, the SAFIN Secretariat will host an in-person Regional Convening across each geographic hub this year. This decision was made as an alternative to the network’s usual global Annual Plenary Meeting. The objective of these gatherings is to unite RWG members in-person, thereby facilitating personal acquaintance, deliberation of prospective partnerships, consensus on a unified action plan and agenda, and collective advancement of ongoing network projects.


(GMT+7 time zone)

12:00-13:30 | Working Lunch: Getting to know SAFIN members in the region

13:30-15:00 | Regional Agri-SME Finance Systems Mapping & Analysis

15:30 – 16:00 | Networking break

16:00 – 17:30 | Peer Designed Venture (PDV) session



Event Details:

Event dates: 07 Aug 2024

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Organizer: SAFIN | APRACA


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