Lunch Rapid Fire Sessions

These 15-minute fast-paced and interactive talks feature speakers who will share their latest innovations from their rural, agricultural, and technology project. So grab a bite, take a seat, and continue enjoying the Cracking the Nut 2018 conference!

El Salvador Low-Cost Coffee Production

A presenter for NCBA-CLUSA will come to present their work in El Salvador helping coffee production bounce back and become more resilient, efficient, and sustainable against future challenges.


Date: Tuesday, June 12

Time: 11:45AM

Location: TBD

Speaker: Douglas Barcenas

Developing Financial Products Young Agripreneurs

A member of the USAID/Rwanda Huguka Dukore project will speak about the successes in the project's first year helping to develop youth-appropriate financial products and connect young entrepreneurs with financial institutions in Rwanda.

Date: Tuesday, June 12

Time: 12:00PM

Location: TBD

Speaker: Augustin Sebakambwe, Agribusiness & Finance Specialist, USAID/Rwanda Huguka Dukore Project

Colombian eWallets: Providing Rural Producers Access to Innovative Digital Banking

How do you incentivize a large-scale, traditional bank to access new clients in rural areas? How can you introduce small-scale farmers to digital currency?

The USAID/Colombia Rural Finance Initiative (RFI) has partnered with Davivienda, the second largest bank in Colombia, to catalyze value chain financing through digital services with Daviplata eWallet. RFI and Davivienda are incorporating eWallet in value chain financing by providing electronic loans, savings accounts, insurance, transfers and payments. Come learn about this innovative partnership, and how digital services result in a cost-effective, sustainable approach to improving banking access for rural farmers and producers within agricultural value chains.

Date: Tuesday, June 12

Time: 12:15PM

Location: TBD

Speaker: Asdrubal Negrete, Chief of Party, USAID/Colombia Rural Finance Initiative