Massimo Pera works as a Rural Finance Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He is the coordinator of the a project aimed at strengthening market and financial linkages in the roots and tubers value chains in Africa. For the past 11 years, Mr. Pera has gained experience in the design and implementation of agricultural and rural finance programmes in developing countries mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Cape Verde, Malawi, Ivory Coast), Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Jamaica, Grenada), North Africa and Middle East (Morocco, Palestinian territories) and Pacific Islands (Samoa, Cook Islands). His assignment with FAO started in the Viet Nam office, where he worked for two years managing projects on agricultural value chains development and access to financial services for smallholder farmers. He also worked in the FAO Headquarters as an agricultural finance officer in charge of project formulation, backstopping and technical assistance to field operations on agricultural finance and investments, as well as policy and normative work, including training and capacity development. Prior to joining FAO, he worked as a rural finance consultant at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Mr. Pera holds a M.A. in Development Economics and International Cooperation from the Tor Vergata University of Rome.