On 1 and 2 March, a lively agribusiness finance fair was held in Hawassa town. The event was organized by Agri-ProFocus/Agri-Hub Ethiopia and other partners including Hawassa University, the regional government, banks, insurance, microfinance institutions and private organizations. The fair included panel discussions, a market place and field visit.
A presentation on the LIVES project plans and experiences with “Agricultural Input Financing: Challenges and Constraints so far” was made by LIVES regional coordinator Yoseph Mekasha. LIVES agri-business expert, Dereje Legesse, was interviewed about the commonalities of LIVES and Agri-pro focus with regard to agri-business financing and related interventions (see interview). At the marketplace, posters and brochures from LIVES and various documentation from the earlier IPMS project were displayed and distributed. Detailed documentation of the event can be found on the Agri-hub Ethiopia web page.
Contributed by Dereje Legesse, Agri-business expert