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Sustainable Agriculture Finance Track

8 - 12 July 2024


Global food demand is estimated to increase by 70% until 2050, and at least USD 80 billion annual investments in food value chains will be required in response, according to the World Bank. And agriculture is not only important for food security but also for employment, inclusive economic growth and the environment. Despite this immense relevance farming is grossly under-served by financial institutions, worldwide.


In the Sustainable Agriculture Finance Track we will look at both sides of the finance equation: demand and supply. What do farmers and agribusinesses need in terms of financial services, and what can financial institutions offer? The focus will be on smallholder farmers and sustainable agriculture in emerging markets. We will look at various practical examples how financial institutions can help to improve farm productivity and farmer incomes, labour conditions in the sector, the management of farm and supply chain risks, food security and safety, adaptation to climate change, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, as well as biodiversity. In terms of financial services, the sessions will concentrate on credit, insurance, value chain finance, and digital solutions.


Registrations for the 2024 Summer Academy are now open. 

Spaces for the programme are limited! Register today to book your place.

Provisional Agenda

The agenda is packed full of interactive sessions with seasoned industry experts, networking sessions as well as entertainment and external site visits.*

Site Visit

On the morning of tuesday 9 July, participants will visit one of Germany’s oldest organic farms near the city of Frankfurt. We will walk through the fields and stables, thus learning about organic crop and animal production practices. In addition, we will visit the on-farm milk processing facility and the farm shop.

Trend Elective

The trend elective opens up the whole Summer Academy for all participants. Network and engage with participants from other tracks while taking a deeper diver into further topics that matter to you, outside of your selected track. This year, we will explore:

- Robo Investing

- Refugee Financing 

- Impactful Innovation

- Climate Risk Management

- Adaptation Planning

*Agenda is subject to change and confirmation

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this track, participants will be able to:

learning objectives - agri fin track

Target Group

The Summer Academy will cater to a wide range of finance professionals from commercial banks, microfinance institutions, central banks and regulatory/government institutions, development organisations, and donor agencies.

The main target audience of this track are professionals working in financial institutions that already provide agricultural finance or intend to do so. In addition, the track will be useful for professionals working in the field of agricultural or rural finance in donor agencies, development and impact investment organizations, consultancy firms, regulatory institutions, and policy related bodies. .

Track Lecturers

Helmut Grossmann

Helmut Grossmann

Helmut Grossmann has been working for the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management as a Micro and Agricultural Finance Specialist since 2004. He was Acting Head of the School’s International Advisory Services (IAS) from 2004 to 2005 and since then worked in well over 20 countries as trainer and consultant.

Helmut has worked with the Frankfurt School e-Campus since its inception in 2010, setting the foundation for its renowned training approach with the creation of its very first course, Certified Expert in Microfinance. He later also developed Certified Expert in Agricultural Finance. Helmut is still the main lecturer for both courses and he continues to support the e-Campus, further developing its training approach.



Ömer Demirhan

Ömer is a long-standing expert in a wide variety of agricultural topics such as (but not limited to) food and agricultural markets and policy,agricultural economics, rural and agricultural finance, smallholder finance, value chain business analysis and finance, market systems / private sector development, agricultural loans policy and procedures, agricultural lending systems and scoring, agricultural support policies and measures, climate-smart and environment-friendly agricultural practices, energy and resource efficient agriculture, digital finance, refugee finance, women entrepreneurs and cooperatives, project management, team leading.

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 5,700 and it covers all training materials, catering as well as transportation for any site visits*.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants are required to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor.

*Subject to change


There are several combinable discounts* for the Summer Academy:

  • 15% Early Bird Discount for all registrations made before 30 March 2024.

  • 10% Group Discount for each institution sending more than one participant to the programme.

  • 10% Alumni Discount for participants who have previously studied with Frankfurt School.

* Max. two discounts per participant.


The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School campus. Being one of the leading business schools in Germany and Europe, Frankfurt School offers modern facilities for an interactive senior training program. Our training rooms are equipped with the newest technology and the newest media to provide flexibility and quality in our training courses.

We have a strong focus on the wellbeing of our guests and course participants, a good training environment, air quality and modern equipment.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.