Farmers who produce for the market need financing to maintain and improve their agricultural production. Banks in developing countries are looking for business investment opportunities. But what is needed to match the interests of farmers and bankers?
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Module II: Finance and Technical Resource Mobilisation
The objective of this session is to introduce delegates to various institutions providing various types of funding for agriculture and agribusiness in Africa. The program will also discuss the importance of business plan development in securing finance and review key components of comprehensive business plans and investment memoranda. Lastly, the program will discuss the value of joint ventures, mergers and acquisition as a method of expansion and resource mobilization.
The program will feature speakers from various types of financial institutions and also delegates will be asked to write down and, in small groups, develop a short action plan indicating the type and amount of funding they need to expand their business/ meet current needs and develop a 6 – 9 month (or faster if desired by the delegate) strategy to acquire these funds. The program... Read more
€ 25.000 for the best climate business cases
The MoMo challenge 2017 has been launched! Also this year, organisations and companies that have an innovative business case focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country can compete to receive € 25.000 seed finance for further developing their business case. Project proposals can be submitted on-line through this link. This round closes on 1 April.
MoMo is looking for promising projects that fulfill the following criteria:
* The project is focused on the clean tech, food, agro, or water sector
* The project’s intervention is aimed at a developing country
* The project contains the involvement of at least one Dutch organization
* The project is realistic and actionable
* The project is concrete and has potential for up-scaling
The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ cal... Read more
FINANCEMENT DES CHAINES DE VALEUR AGRICOLE POUR L'AUTONOMISATION ÉCONOMIQUE DE LA FEMME
Le Salon du Financement de l’Agriculture de cette année a choisis comme date le 08Mars et comme thème « Le financement des chaines de valeur agricole pour l’autonomisation économique de la femme » en reconnaissance des contributions majeures de la femme malienne au développement.
Les partenaires ont salué la démarche, tout en notant que le Mali doit aller au-delà du discours en traduisant ses paroles en actes concrets, en affectant les ressources appropriées, si le pays souhaite réellement améliorer la vie des femmes. Il conviendra donc de ne plus se contenter d’adopter des politiques, mais d’innover les initiatives en faveur des femmes telles le FINAGRI qui est loin d’être une activité de femme mais qui est fortement dédiée à la femme du secteur agricole. Les Banques et Institutions de Microfinance vont profiter des rencontres B2B pour tenter de mettre en œuv... Read more
Many farming households in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to formal credit and turn to costly coping strategies to make ends meet between harvests, including reduced food consumption, informal borrowing, short-term work on other farms, and selling off assets like livestock. Providing credit, either in the form of food or cash, could allow farming families to increase their food security and agricultural output, as farmers would not be forced to find off-farm income to feed their families between harvests, and would therefore be able to spend additional time applying fertilizer, weeding, or harvesting the crop, which may increase yields. In the long run, this gain in productivity might increase incomes by more than farmers could earn through casual labor.
In Zambia, most of the smallholder farmers depend of the inputs provided by the government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which has provide to be inad... Read more
Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is a... Read more
BRAC Uganda Microfinance Ltd is the largest Microfinance institution operating in Uganda covering 80 districts through 149 networked branches targeting Micro and small Entrepreneurs. BRAC boasts of promoting financial inclusion by extending financial services to the un served and underserved, now with over 212,000 borrowing clients, over 155Bn loan book with 98% recovery rate, operationally and financially self-sustaining. In order to serve our customers better with wider range of services and products, Board and Management has future plans of becoming a regulated financial institution in Uganda. We are looking for a competent person to fill the position of
Title: Credit (Loan) Officer at BRAC Uganda Microfinance Ltd
Reports to: Branch Manager
Purpose: To identify and screen potential borrowers, carry out appraisals, disbursing, monitoring, collections and keep high loan portfolio, carry out business development activities and ensure smooth and sustainabl... Read more
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium with offices in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. We work with businesses, foundations, governments and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity and improve access to inputs and credit across 44 countries worldwide.
CNFA is preparing a proposal for an upcoming United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded food security project in Karamoja and we are currently seeking professional candidates to fill the position of
Position: Operations and Finance Director
Position: Gender Advisor
Locations: Karam... Read more
Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’ carried out by NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 15 cases of how Dutch investors have successfully realised access to financial services for smallholder farmers.
Lesson 1: Organised farmers have better financing opportunities
Lesson 2: Learning to mitigate risks can be done
Lesson 3: Geodata can increase financial inclusion and food security
Lesson 4: We need to work towards green inclusive finance
More on these lessons learned and the full article can be read here. This article appeared in NABC Magazine edition 2017.
On 16th February 2017 NpM organises a conference on the subject ‘Geodata for inclusive finance and food.’
Rural and urban youth have the potential to contribute to food security, economic development, social inclusion and stability. But sadly, three of every four youths in Africa live on less than USD 2/day (African Economic Outlook 2013). Securing youth access to credit, savings, and insurance will unveil their talent for entrepreneurship, boost their self-esteem and allow them to have a positive transformative role in their society. Financing youth in agriculture is already happening, and where African youth have had this opportunity, they have found innovative and creative strategies to secure a future for themselves while contributing to the development of the private sector and social stability in their countries.
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Digital technology has long been touted as the key to helping smallholder farmers around the world overcome barriers that have kept them trapped in poverty, though initial innovations did not always deliver on this promise. Now developers of digital tools for agriculture are trying to refine their offerings, focusing on products that farmers want to use and that align with their priorities. And at the top of that list is getting fair prices for their products.
“Farmers want direct access to markets,” said Daniel Monehin, MasterCard’s division president for sub-Saharan Africa. Through MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion — it
The European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are working together to catalyse investment in the agriculture value chain with the launch today of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund. An initial EUR12mn (UGX46bn) has been made available to provide much needed access to capital for small and medium agri-businesses in Uganda.
This new impact Fund, being arranged by Deloitte Uganda and Pearl Capital Partners Uganda (PCP), is expected to attract additional EUR13mn (UGX49.8bn) by the end of 2017 to reach EUR25mn (UGX95.8bn) in total commitments. Yield is a partnership between public and private investors that will offer innovative and tailored financial solutions, using equity, semi-equity and debt, to about 20 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) having the potential to generate both strong financial returns and significant social impact.
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DOB Equity has taken up a stake in Countryside Dairy Ltd at a publicly undisclosed value as part of a commitment to increase social impact investment deals in Kenya.
By investing in Countryside Dairy Ltd, the Private Equity fund with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and the Netherlands will be seeking a slice of the KES100bn Kenya Dairy sub-sector. According to the Kenya National Dairy Master Plan 2010 estimates, the Kenya dairy sub sector is valued at more than KES100bn and is the single largest contributor to Kenya’s agricultural GDP-higher than Tea and horticulture.
This latest investment will expand DOB Equity’s current equity portfolio in the regional diary sector, where it already holds a stake in Tanga Fresh, the Tanzania-based dairy processor.
Brigit van Dijk-van de Reijt, CEO of DOB Equity, comments: “Our latest deal in the East African dairy sector will allow Countryside Dairy to beef up its supply chain and offer better purchase
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NWO-WOTRO has launched the fourth call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). GCP aims to generate research-based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of private sector development. This fourth GCP call specifically focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture. The call is developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
Transdisciplinary proposals can be submitted by teams of researchers and other (public/private) partners from both the Netherlands and from at least one Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC).
The Food & Bu... Read more
In this five-day masterclass, you will learn how to access innovative private sources of investment to finance your environmental or development projects. Through interactive sessions you will be trained to transform current projects into bankable projects or to design new bankable projects. You will be mentored by professionals and experts in business development, marketing, private sector finance and climate change.
During the course, you will be challenged to apply business model thinking to your real-life project and you will meet with financial sector professionals. After five days, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to persuade investors to financially support your bankable project.
Location: Campuses of Nyenrode Business University and Wageningen Environmental Research.
Tuition fee: 3.995 euro per perso
Organized by IUCN NL and RVO, in partnership with IFC.
RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, invests heavily in agribusiness in developing countries and emerging markets, and therefore has a great interest in exchanging experiences on investment opportunities, climate smart technologies and challenges in value chain operations. The main objective of the event was that both private sector and IFC bring current and upcoming activities and challe... Read more
Initié il y a une douzaine d’années à Bruxelles, l’AFIF a depuis voyagé à travers toute l’Europe: Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Genève, Lisbonne et Paris. L’année dernière le forum fût organisé pour la première fois au Cap en Afrique du Sud avec le soutien entre autres de la BEI (Banque Européenne d’Investissement), du PNUD (Programme de Développement des Nations Unies), de Pfizer Ventures, de l’ICD (Banque Islamique de Développement), de l’IFC (Banque mondiale) et de l’Afreximbank.
L’AFIF 2017 va attirer plus de 300 participants du Kenya, d’Afrique, d’Europe, des Amériques ainsi que du Moyent-Orient, et inclura :
2 jours de Formation pré-conférence pour les entrepreneurs (du 13 au 14 Février), suivis par 2 jours de conférence avec des sessions parallèles interactives et plénières. Les sessions parallèles se concentreront sur l’accès au financement dans des secteurs-clés: agriculture, eau, énergies renouvelables et santé;
Des rencontre... Read more