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Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade



FAST in collaboration with the USAID funded VEGA/IESC Lebanon Investment in Microfinance (LIM) Program recently hosted a 2-day roundtable event in Beirut, Lebanon on June 24th and 25th, 2014. The event brought together important figures from the Lebanese microfinance sector with international FAST-member agricultural finance experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing investment in the Lebanese agricultural sector.

We are pleased to announce the launch of FASTTALKS, a FAST Webinar Series. The goal of FASTTALKS is to provide our members with a space to share their knowledge and accomplishments, while promoting dialogue between key players in the sustainable commodity value chain. Our first series consists of 6 Webinar sessions, presented by representatives of FAST's diverse member base. Each session targets a distinct topic, audience and region; we hope you will find one that is right for you.

FAST thanks all those who attended our Annual General Meeting (AGM), held alongside the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event, which took place in Seattle, Washington State, from April 24-27. FAST was also proud to co-present a lunch event at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside CSAF and the Initiative for Smallholder Finance. At the AGM, FAST described how we have implemented our new organizational strategy and financial literacy tools.