Technical Assistance Facility

GIRSAL’s Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) supports financial institutions to enhance their knowledge and understanding of agriculture and agribusiness finance. It also strengthens their capacity to assess, structure and manage agribusiness loans. GIRSAL’s TAF is delivered through Capacity Building, Information Resources, and Direct Support.

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Agriculture and Agribusiness Finance Course

A 3-module course aimed at building financial institutions, agricultural and agribusiness lending knowledge, and strengthening their capacity to assess, structure and manage loans to agribusinesses.

Modules 1 and 2 cover the agribusiness environment, value chains in Ghana, and agricultural loan appraisal techniques, and targets agriculture desk officers, relationship managers, credit risk officers and credit analysts. Module 3 covers agricultural loans portfolio management, insurance, and commodity finance and targets senior management and portfolio managers of financial institutions.

The course was jointly developed and rolled out in collaboration with the National Banking College with funding support from AGRA. It combines classroom learning, case studies and practical field trips.

Agriculture is not only about farming. Revealing the ancillary businesses related to farming is one way to catch the interest of and reduce the risk-aversion of bankers.

- Facilitator

I have been in the credit department for 12 years. Most of the time, we in the credit department say that agribusiness is very risky. The training showed us that Agric is not risky if you know it well

- Participant

262

Bank Staff Trained

24

Institutions Trained

6

Cohorts Completed