Rural and Agricultural Finance ProgramRural and Agricultural Finance Program


The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is a specialized UN agency dedicated to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; and the elimination of poverty. Given that promoting broad access to rural and agricultural financial services is important to achieve its goals, FAO is a member of the "Improving Capacity Building in Rural Finance" (CABFIN) partnership, which is the result of collaboration efforts among its partners IFAD, FAO, GIZ/BMZ, UNCDF and the World Bank. CABFIN aims to jointly facilitate knowledge dissemination for relevant public and private stakeholders working to increase the availability of a wide range of financial services adapted to the needs of rural livelihoods, thus, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. CABFIN partners also seek to facilitate dialogue among stakeholder to define priorities to be addressed and help overcome those obstacles limiting access to agricultural and rural finance. This led to the creation of the Rural Finance and Investment Learning Centre (RFILC) website since April 2004, a public global knowledge hub for rural and agricultural finance.

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About the ITC-ILO

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO) is situated along the Po River about 10km from the centre of Turin. The ILO is a UN agency that works to promote decent work throughout the world. The ILO and the Italian Government established the International Training Centre in 1964 in Turin to assist countries in their social and economic development through learning and training. The ITC-ILO campus has training facilities, accommodations, a cafeteria, restaurant, bar, tennis courts, soccer field, health clinic, post office, laundry, travel agency, and a social activities office.

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About Turin

Turin (Torino) is a bustling metropolis of roughly one million people located on the banks of the Po River. Surrounded by the Italian Alps, Turin is the business and cultural center of Northern Italy. Average temperatures for July and August do not normally exceed 82 (27C) degrees, and the evenings are typically refreshing in the mid-60s (16C). Turin is world-renowned for its excellent chocolate, and the city's transportation infrastructure is top-notch thanks to the improvements made in 2006 when Turin hosted the Winter Olympics.

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Po river, Torino, Italy

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