Introduction to Agri Finance

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While most banks consider Agribusiness as a risky sector to provide finance, this course discusses the need and scope for innovative financial interventions in the sector.

The course has been designed by extracting important parts from the various courses delivered by Lorna Grace, a Financial Development specialist with more than 20 years of experience in international and domestic finance.

She has consulted for several financial institutions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The course will provide an overview of

  • Challenges for smallholder finance and approach needed to overcome them
  • Value chain finance – Leveraging relationships in the value chain for financial access
  • Important elements to be considered while designing a value chain finance product
  • Interesting developments and opportunities to look for in Agri-finance


This course features the expertise of Lorna Grace an agribusiness finance specialist, and founder of her finance consulting company: Small Finance Big Change.

With a background in investment banking and microfinance, she has been exclusively working in agriculture finance since 2005 as both a project manager and a consultant.

Lorna holds an MBA from University of Alberta and a BA from Harvard. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

She has authored or contributed to a number of studies and books, including: Financing Agriculture Value Chains – LAC; Access to Finance for Smallholders; Analyzing Costs; and Savings Services for the Poor.

Lorna has also developed and taught costing and farm cash flow courses at Boulder Microfinance in Italy and Latin America.

Currently, Lorna consultants on agriculture finance projects in Ghana, Rwanda and Colombia, developing financial products for equipment and production finance.

Lorna is an avid gardener (of course!) and mother to a teenage son, living in Vancouver, BC.


Every effort has been made to ensure the relevance of the course and its factual correctness. However, the world of food & agriculture is vast and complex. Please take time to research your local context, restrictions and regulations before you apply any learning from Digital School of Food and Agriculture.