The webinar will be opened by Maria do Céu Antunes, Minister of Agriculture, Portugal and by Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General, DG AGRI, European Commission, and will focus on the financial environment in which farmers and food processors operate in Portugal. The EAFRD managing authority for Portugal and the participating financial intermediaries will share their experiences with the implementation of the EAFRD financial guarantee instrument set up under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme. Speakers will also present the outcomes from a fi-compass study analysing the financial supply and demand for agriculture and agri-food sectors in Portugal, as well as existing constraints on the market.
During the webinar, participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions.
With a view to support managing authorities in their programming exercise in post-2020 period, fi-compass has recently published a study on financial needs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors in 24 EU Member States. Based on the feedback of 7,600 farmers and 2,200 agri-food companies across the EU, the 24 country-specific fi-compass reports present the main challenges faced by these two groups when it comes to access to finance.