Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in
the Roots and Tubers sector in Africa


The Project @ the African Microfinance Week, 9th to 13th October Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Rome, HQ

One of the objectives of the African Roots and Tubers Project is to increase access to inclusive financial instruments through capacity building and information exchange between financial service providers and producer groups and SMEs. In addition, strategies for increasing investment in R&T are being developed while defining principles for agricultural investment in the sector.

In order to implement the planned activities under this component, the Project will deliver a training on risk assessment and investment strategies for agricultural SMEs within the forthcoming African Microfinance Week, a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa, which will take place from the 9th to the 13th October, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (

The training aims at strengthening the capacity of financial services providers and agribusiness service providers to conduct risk assessments, design investment strategies and identify key partners to provide tailored financial services to MSMEs. The conference will also give a chance to exchange lessons learnt among the seven countries supported. In this respect, a regional workshop will be held, to share effective methodologies, tools and solutions to overcome barriers and address constraints that currently limit the access to financial services, especially for smallholders and MSMEs of the cassava, yam and potatoes’ value chains. 

Additional information and results will be shared after the event.