Main Programme

Draft Programme
(as on 1 Ausgust 2019)

DAY 0 (11 November 2019)

13:00 – 20:00

Registration at the Taj Palace Hotel

19:00 – 21:00

Meet & Greet with High Tea/Dinner at the Taj Palace hotel (Hosted by NABARD)

DAY 1 (12 November 2019)

08:30 – 09.25

Registration at the venue

09:30 – 10:20

Plenary Session:
Session Theme
: Key note and Special addresses on agricultural development and role of financial services to support achieving Sustainable Development Goals

  • Key note Address: Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of
  • Special Address: Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture
    Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of
  • Special Address: Dr. Paul Winters, Associate Vice President (Strategy and Knowledge), IFAD, Rome;
  • Special Address: Mr. Tomio Shichiri, FAO Representative in India, New Delhi

10:30 – 11:30

Inaugural Session:

Session Theme: Inauguration of 6 th World Congress and address by Chief Guest

  • Lighting the lamp and other formalities at the stage
  • Welcome Note: Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD, India;
  • Opening remarks: Mr. Senarath Bandara, Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Ceylon & Chairman APRACA;
  • Inaugural Address by Chief Guest: Hon’ble Finance Minister – Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman;
  • Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India
  • Vote of Thanks: Dr. Prasun Kumar Das, Secretary General, APRACA;
  • Group Photo Session and Tea/Coffee/Networking Break

11:30 – 13:15

Business Session 1 (Code BS 1):

Session Theme: Mainstreaming Sustainable Agriculture to Achieve 2030 Agenda
(Session hosted by organizing committee of World Congress)

  • Session Chair: Dr. Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Economist, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, India: Introduction to the topic and opening remarks;
  • Presenters:
    • Dr. Bernard Lehmann, former Secretary of State and Director General of the Federal
      Office for Agriculture of Switzerland, Currently member of steering Board HLPE of the
      Committee of World Food Security CFS-FAO;
    • Dr. Thouraya Triki, Director Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division, IFAD, Rome;
    • Dr. Pierre Jacquet, President, Global Development Network (GDN), New Delhi, India
  • Open forum for Q&A
  • Conclusion and wrap up remarks by Session Chair

13:15 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30

Business Session 2 (Code BS 2):

Session Theme: ‘Smallholder aggregation Model for Efficient Value Chain and their Financing’ (Session Hosted and organized by NABARD, India)

  • Setting the tone: FPO movement in India and contribution of NABARD: Presentation by Shri Sunil Kumar, Chief General Manager, NABARD;
  • Session Chair: Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog, Government of India: Introduction to the topic and opening remarks;
  • Presenters:
    • Prof Amar KJR Nayak, Professor, Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) Bhubaneswar, Odisha;
    • Dr. Suresh Pal, Director, ICAR – National Institute of Agricultural Economics andPolicy Research (NIAP), New Delhi, India.
    • Shri Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director, Financial Inclusion and Development Department, Reserve Bank of India; Mumbai, India
    • Mr. Bruno Vindel, Task Team Leader, Agence Francaise De Development (AFD),
      Paris; France
    • Shri Ashish Mondal, Director, Action for Social Advancement (ASA); Bhopal; India
  • Open forum for Q&A
  • Conclusion and wrap up remarks by Session Chair

15:30 – 15:45

Tea/Coffee/Networking Break

15:45 – 17:30

Business Session 3 (Code BS 3)

Session Theme: Credit flow to agriculture and its value chain to achieve revitalized rural landscape and deliver inclusive growth

(Session hosted and organized by APRACA, Bangkok, Thailand)

  • Session Chair: Mr. Calvin Miller, Chairman of ALIDE and President, Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires: Introduction to the topic and opening remarks;
  • Presenters:
    • Mr. Wenhui Qian, President, Agricultural Development Bank of China, Beijing
    • Mr. Tanaratt Ngamvalairatt, Senior Executive Vice President, Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), Bangkok, Thailand;
    • Dr. Michael Hamp, Lead Regional Technical Specialist (Rural Finance, Markets and Enterprises), International Fund for Agricultural Development, New Delhi
    • Mr. Matt Shakhovskoy, Senior Advisor, Initiatives for Smallholder Finance (ISF), Washington DC
  • Open forum for Q&A
  • Conclusion and wrap up remarks by Session Chair

17:30 – 17:45

Tea/Coffee/Networking Break

17:45 – 18:45

Special Event: Publication of “White paper on agricultural insurance”

  • Session Chair: Mr. Jean-Marie Sander, President of CICA
  • Presenters:
    • Mr. Jean-Christophe Debar, Director, FARM Foundation
    • Mr. Bernard Belk, Assistant Director-General, Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG (Switzerland)
    • Mr. Eric Campos, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility of Crédit Agricole SA and Managing Director of Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation.
    • Dr. Prasun Kumar Das, Secretary General, APRACA, Bangkok, Thailand

19:00 – 21:30

Cultural Programme and Welcome Dinner at Taj Palace Hotel (Hosted by NABARD)

DAY 2 (13 November 2019)

09:00 – 10:45

Business Session 4 (Code BS 4)

Session Theme: Agricultural Value Chain Finance Innovations and Lessons: Case Studies in Africa

(Session hosted and organized by AFRACA, Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Session Chair: Mr. Calvin Miller, Former Senior Officer of FAO and Value Chain
    Finance Expert
  • Presenters:
    • Mr. George Kuria, Chief Executive Officer, ACRE Africa: Agricultural Insurance
      as a Risk Mitigation tool in AGVCF
    • Mr. Dickson Naftali, Head of Program, MobiGrow, Kenya Commercial Bank: MobiGrow Smallholder Financial Inclusion Model
    • Mr. Thomas Essel, Secretary General, AFRACA: Agricultural Risk Sharing Financing Schemes: The Case of GIRSAL
    • Mr. David Ruchiu, Executive Director, Farm Concern International: Commercial Villages Market-driven model in AGVCF
  • Open forum for Q&A
  • Conclusion and wrap up remarks by Moderator/Session Chair

10:45 – 11:15

Tea/Coffee/Networking Break

11:15 – 13:00

Business Session 5 (Code BS 5)

Session Theme: Agriculture Insurance and Risk Management especially to facilitate achieving SDG (Session hosted and organized by CICA, Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Session Chair: Mr. Jean-Christophe Debar, Director, FARM Foundation (Foundation for World Agriculture and Rurality), Paris: Introduction to the topic and opening remarks by Mr. Jean-Christophe Debar (FARM Foundation) and Mr. Pranav Prashad (ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility);
  • Panelists (Panel Discussions to be animated by Mr. JC Debar, Director, FARM):
    • Mr. Ernest Desrosiers, Chairman La Financière Agricole du Québec, Canada
    • Mr. Thierry Langreney, CEO of PACIFICA (Deputy CEO of Credit Agricole Assurance, France
    • Dr Jean-Claude Bidogeza, Lead Economist, African Risk Capacity (ARC)
    • Ms. Mariem Dkhil, Director, Sustainable Development Finance, Crédit Agricole du Maroc, Rabat, Morocco
    • Mr. Siraj Hussain, Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India Visiting Senior Fellow ICRIER, New Delhi
  • Animated debate led by the session chair and open forum for Q&A
  • Conclusion and wrap up remarks by Session Chair

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15

Business Session 6 (Code BS 6)

Session Theme: New sustainable financing sources and digital technology to mitigate high transaction costs and other agricultural development barriers

(Session hosted and organized by ALIDE, Lima, Peru)

  • Session Chair: Mr. Jesus Alan Elizondo, Director General, FIRA, Mexico: Introduction to the topic and opening remarks;
  • Presenters:
    • Mr. Claude Torre; ARB Deparment, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France;
    • Dr. Christoph Kessler, Director, kfw office, New Delhi
    • Mr. Edgardo Alvarez, Secretary General, ALIDE, Lima, Peru
  • Open forum for Q&A
  • Conclusion and wrap up remarks by Moderator/Session Chair

15:15 – 16:00

Closing Session 

Session Theme: Synthesis of 2 days proceedings and way forward

  • Synthesis report on 6th world congress proceedings Mr. Jean-Marie Sander, Chairman, CICA
  • NEW DELHI Declaration by Mr. Senarath Bandara, Chairman APRACA & Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman NABARD & Vice Chairman, APRACA
  • Way Forward by Mr. Mahesh Kumar Jain, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of
  • Vote of Thanks by Mr. Edgardo Alvarez, Secretary General, ALIDE

16:00 – 16:30

Tea/Coffee/Networking Break

16:30 – 17:30

Special Event: CICA General Assembly
Session Organized by CICA Secretariat

  • Delegates from CICA Member Institutions
  • Interested delegates attending the 6th World Congress

16:30 – 18:00


  • Invited delegates
DAY 3 (14 November 2019)

06:30 – 21.00

Arrangements for the Field Visits will be made by NABARD for the foreign delegates to study the Farmer Producer Groups and agribusiness initiatives of NABARD in Agra District of Uttar Pradesh and visit to Taj Mahal. This is optional and the delegates need to indicate at the time of registration for their willingness to join the event Detailed field visit programme will be announced in due course.

DAY 4 (15 November 2019)

A.M. to P.M.

Departure of Delegates

NABARD: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, India
APRACA: Asia-Pacific Rural and Agriculture Credit Association, Bangkok, Thailand
AFRACA: African Rural and Agriculture Credit Association, Nairobi, Kenya
CICA: Confédération Internationale du Crédit Agricole, Zurich, Switzerland
ALIDE: Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions, Lima, Peru
NENARACA: Near East–North Africa Regional Agricultural Credit Association, Amman, Jordan
MEDA: Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Waterloo, Canada