Programme de Finance Rurale et AgricoleProgramme de Finance Rurale et Agricole

Thank you to all of our 2017 participants and faculty for an inspiring and dynamic 3rd Edition of the Boulder Rural and Agricultural Finance Program!


To reserve your space now for the upcoming Boulder RAFP, click here!

The 3rd Edition of the Boulder RAFP in English was held alongside the Boulder MFT programs (English and French) in Turin, Italy from July 17th to August 4th, 2017.  These three programs brought together a total of 268 participants from 58 differents countries and 187 institutions including MFIs, Rural Banks, Central Banks, Ministries of Finance and Agriculture, Donor Agencies, Investors, Development Agencies, and more.


The 2017 Boulder RAFP offered 12 elective courses to choose from delivered by our Boulder Faculty, a diverse group of world-renowned agrifinance experts, covering a broad range of topics and viewpoints on how to efficiently reach smallholder farmers.  Our program also featured The Boulder Rural and Agricultural Finance Master Class, a dynamic roundtable event designed and led by Panos Varangis (World Bank), Massimo Pera (FAO) and Emilio Hernandez (CGAP)and co-taught by 8 special guests. Each morning, participants took part in this discussion and debated on different aspects of rural and agricultural finance, the lessons learned, and the diversity of approaches. Among the many topics covered were Client Segmentation with Jamie Anderson (CGAP), Agricultural Insurance with Charles Stutley (Independent) and Public Policies with Juan Buchenau (World Bank).

The Rural and Agricultural Finance Program, created with FAO and CABFIN, a collaboration workgroup including IFAD, FAO, GIZ/BMZ, UNCDF and the World Bank,  is a highly specialized program offered for experienced rural and agricultural finance practitioners and institutions. The objective of RAFP is to enable inclusive and efficient food and agricultural systems, as well as promote financial inclusion by strengthening the technical capacity of service providers and those institutions serving rural SMEs and smallholder farmers.


Transform Your Thinking

Our immersion program creates the space for participants to deeply reflect on specific challenges, and share strategies on how to face the agricultural finance sector's pressing issues, using new tools and a fresh perspective. 

As part of the program, you will learn to:

  • Distinguish the financial needs and tools required to serve diverse client segments in rural and agricultural finance.
  • Examine the trade-offs of lowering costs and reducing risk in a financial portfolio.
  • Evaluate financial products and delivery models that respond to the needs of rural SMEs and agricultural households.
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of diverse financial products and delivery models.

Learn cutting edge techniques that will facilitate the provision of valuable services to your clients in rural and agricultural areas.

Join us for the 4th Annual Boulder RAFP offered in English !

If you need any additional information about the upcoming Boulder RAFP, please contact us at 


Boulder Institute of Microfinance

120 E Washington Street Suite 325
Syracuse, New York 13202, USA
+1 (315) 760-3091

Boulder Institute