KHANEWAL (Staff Reporter): SBP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are jointly organizing an International Conference on Innovative Agricultural Financing in Pakistan from April 28-29, 2015 at Islamabad. Sohail Ahmad Awan, Regional General Manager (SME), and Anjum Bashir Ahmad, RM SME (agri), will represent the Silkbank in this conference. The two-day conference aims to discuss innovative strategies and solutions to increase outreach of agri credit to small farmers, and also highlight opportunities at the high-end of market focusing corporate farming and agri-food enterprises.

The conference will highlight global experiences on agricultural financing through plenary discussions, breakout sessions, and “plug-n-play” sessions. Major topics include policy framework, value chains financing, warehouse receipts financing, risk management, and use of technologies. The speakers and attendees will include leading national and international finance professionals, policy makers, bankers, farmers’ representative bodies, agro-based processors, academia, service providers, and agricultural development specialists.