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"The challenge ahead: leveraging finance for smallholder agriculture"


Adolfo Brizzi

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Director Policy & Technical Advisory Division International Fund for Agricultural Developmnet, IFAD

Adolfo Brizzi is currently the Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division (PTA) in IFAD. In that capacity he provides oversight of the technical support to country programs, country policy dialogue and the pursuit of strategic and global partnership initiatives.

Before joining IFAD in early 2012 he worked for 22 years in the World Bank in various Managerial and technical positions in the Agriculture and Rural Development sector.

The last position he held was Country Manager for Madagascar and before that he was the Sector Manager for agriculture and rural development for the South Asia Region. He has been involved in a range of advisory and investment-related activities covering agriculture, natural resources management, rural livelihoods, community driven development, irrigation, rural finance and agribusiness. His experience spans over Africa, Latin America and Asia. Before the Bank he worked 8 years with FAO, mostly in Africa.

He holds a master degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Gembloux, Belgium, and a master degree on Environmental Sciences from the Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise of Arlon, Belgium.

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