Lessons Learnt on Investing in Emerging Markets

IFC Lessons Learnt on Investing in Emerging Markets

In FY19, International Finance Corporation’s long-term commitments in agribusiness and forestry totaled about $866 million, including $365 million mobilized from other investors.  Agriculture is strongly linked to poverty reduction. IFC supports sustainable and socially inclusive agribusiness in multiple ways. We offer working-capital facilities to help clients finance inventories and inputs for farmers. We invest in infrastructure, such as warehouses and cold storages. We improve productivity and reduce costs through technology and resource optimization.

ISAM Advisory Board member, Sarah Ockman, will be joined by her colleague Yosuke Kotsuji, a seasoned investor in African agribusinesses.  They will present IFC’s results in investing in agribusiness to date, with specific examples and lessons from Africa.  They will also review IFC’s investment criteria and how IFC supports clients with advisory services, from smallholder farming and last-mile retailers to food safety and resource efficiency.

Yosuke Kotsuji

Yosuke is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC Africa Agribusiness Team.  He has 12 years of experience in IFC Africa (4 years in Dakar and 5 years in Nairobi).  Prior to IFC, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs Japan. Yosuke has MBA from Harvard Business School and LLB from University of Tokyo.

Sarah Ockman

Sarah is IFC’s Regional Advisory Lead, Middle East & Africa. Prior to this new role, she led IFC’s Global Food Safety program for over 10 years, starting in Kyiv, Ukraine, and then Belgrade, Serbia, before moving to her current home in Nairobi, Kenya. Sarah has an MBA from IESE and BA from Tufts University.