SAVE the date! MFW4A-FSD Africa Webinar

Agricultural Leasing: expanding access to finance for smallholders

 Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa) and Nathan Associates are pleased to present a webinar based on, Agricultural Leasing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although leasing is a growing form of asset finance in African markets, its use in agriculture remains a nascent concept. Why is this the case? How could leasing help to bridge the finance gap in the sector and ultimately improve rural livelihoods? More specifically, what role can Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) play in expanding agricultural leasing in order to support much-needed growth in the African agriculture sector?

If you are looking to have a better understanding of leasing and its relevance to growth in the African agriculture sector, then please join us on:

31 May 2017 Time | 13:00 GMT | 15:00 CET | 09:00 EST

The webinar will discuss these issues, based on a recent market study undertaken by Nathan Associates in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Speakers will include: Amalia Johnsson & Stewart Pirnie from Nathan Associates. The session will be moderated by Mike De Klerk, Agricultural Development Specialist.


Amalia Johnsson is a Principal Consultant with Nathan Associates London. She has more than 12 years’ experience working in financial inclusion, capital markets and international development. Her areas of focus include community finance, rural finance, product development and capital markets. She has extensive experience designing and managing projects, as well as structuring M&E frameworks, implementing evaluations and undertaking wider research.

Stewart Pirnie has 35 years of experience in the field of equipment leasing with extensive experience of working with leasing companies across Central and Eastern Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. He has established and managed leasing companies in transition economies, most notably in Poland. Since the end of 2003, Stewart has worked as a leasing and business consultant on projects in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Juliet Munro is the Director of Inclusive Finance at FSD Africa, where she oversees programmes that cut across a variety of themes – from credit, housing finance and insurance to remittances, digital finance and integrity. Before joining FSD Africa she worked for FinMark Trust for seven years, managing FinMark’s work in Zambia which, among other things, included implementing FinScope surveys. Juliet was involved in conceptualising and reviewing the agricultural leasing study which is the topic of this webinar, leasing being a component of FSD Africa’s broader credit market work. She lives in Lusaka but regularly commutes to Nairobi where FSD Africa’s offices are based.

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