In our second Master class series, we spoke to Leesa Shrader, the Director of the AgriFin Accelerate Program at Mercy Corps. She is a trailblazer in the financial inclusion space and specifically in the agriculture sector. She spoke at length about her professional journey, key achievements, challenges and lessons learnt and also leaves a few nuggets of wisdom for the future breed of women leaders.

This conversation goes deeper to focus on:

  • The role of agricultural digital platforms in agricultural transformation, and inclusive financial systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. She gave us a walkthrough Digifarm, one of the successful cases of the agriculture digital platforms and lessons learnt in building future platforms
  • Key lessons on partnerships and collaborations emerging from the current digital agriculture platforms
  • The role of youth in agriculture digital ecosystems
  • The medium to long-term impact of COVID-19 on inclusive agriculture finance systems and
  • Recommendations for the players in the agriculture ecosystem

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