“Reaching the Next Generation of Smallholder Farmers” – ECLOF International hosted a workshop at the 17th Microcredit Summit

08 September 2014 | “We should make poverty and unemployment a part of history, so future generations won’t understand what the words mean,” – this is how Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus opened the 17th Microcredit Summit in Merida, Mexico, on the 5th of September.

The largest and most renowned microfinance gathering in the world, the Summit attracted 900 delegates from 75 countries.  This year, the Summit focused on the theme Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance. It gathered a wide array of practitioners, investors, government agencies and non-government organizations to explore innovative solutions that unlock possibilities for this new generation, their families, and their future.

ECLOF International’s Leonel Roland moderated a workshop called “Reaching the Next Generation of Smallholder Farmers – Capacity Building & Value Chain Partnerships”, addressing the issue of rural exodus in Latin America and looking at strategies to increase the attractiveness of the rural environment for the young. Panelists included María Victoria Aguirre, Managing Director of ECLOF Colombia, David Kone from Opportunity International and José Carlos Vandresen from Cresol.

View the introductory video on ECLOF Colombia shown at the Summit workshop here.