Finance Worldwide

for Agri-Entrepreneurship

moderated by Lisette van Benthum

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 day 20 hours ago

IFC and agribusiness in a changing environment

IFC event on GAFSP and climate smart agriculture, The Hague, Netherlands – 28 October 2016

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 days 47 min ago



Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Niger
  13 February 2017 to 16 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 1 week 6 days ago


SOS Faim édite Zoom Microfinance depuis 15 ans. L’occasion d’aborder de nombreuses thématiques sur lesquelles il est possible de porter à la fois un regard rétrospectif et prospectif avec le prisme du financement rural et agricole. Quels défis ? Défis politiques, techniques, technologiques, ou problème de vision de la société ?

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Agriculture loans for farmers/ Value Chain Actors

Am Mugisha Francis Working with DFCU bank LTD as Agriculture Loans Officer, We finance all actors in the agriculture value chain i.e Farmers, traders, aggregators,processors,input suppliers and exporters among others.For Farmers in production are given grace period of upto 6 months depending on agro-enterprise being funded. Our interest rate is minimal to enable farmers do business at a profit and repayment schedules also will depend on projected cash inflows Also asset financing is provided to commercial farmers to enable them acquire assets like tractors, trucks, chain of processing machines, milling machines, hatcheries, construct more buildings, spray race, restocking, purchase land among others. the maximum tenor for asset financing is 5 years and the asset acts collateral for the loan facility. For details on how to access these loans Call 0751944046 or 0785934536 or Send mail to : or

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Agriculture Grows but Tax Contribution Still Remains Low

While the agricultural and services sectors have grown over the years, their contribution of tax revenue to the national treasury has remained dismally low, a study has found.

Researchers Joseph Mawejje and Ezra Munyambonera at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) found in a 2016 study that there were mismatches in contributions of economic sectors to overall tax revenue performance.

The study, titled Improving tax revenue performance in Uganda, found that the dominance of agriculture was the biggest impediment to tax revenue performance in Uganda.

A one percentage increment in the growth of agriculture is associated with a 2.3 percent decrease in the tax-to-GDP ratio.

"One possible explanation is that Uganda's agriculture sector is largely smallholder and informal and, therefore, potentially difficult to tax," the report says, adding that the sector has also been a major beneficiary of tax exemptions.

According to Bank of Uganda

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

African Development Bank to give Shs703 billion for agriculture

Uganda will receive $195 million (Shs703b) from the African Development Bank (ADB) to support two agricultural projects in the country, in relation to the bank's Regional Alignment with Feed Africa Strategy. As per Uganda project, the ADB says the Agricultural Value Chains Development Project is $110 million (Shs396) and it is at appraisal stage and Agricultural Infrastructure Development Programme - CA11P-4 $85 million (Shs306) which is at identification stage.  

In a presentation made at Sheraton Kampala Hotel recently during the launch conference on Feed Africa Strategy, the director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department ADB, Dr Chiji Ojukwu said under its Feed Africa Strategy, the bank intends to increase agricultural lending to $2.4b annually.

Chiji said, as per the programme, a focused approach on integrated commodity value chains is to be done adding that achieving Feed Africa Goals requires substantial inve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Read Now! The 2016 Zambia Finance Fairs Report

The 2016 Finance Fairs are all complete and were a huge success. Thanks to our partners for supporting us both Financially and by attending the Fairs. We look forward to successful fairs next year and having more partners on board whilst maintaining the current ones. Attached is the detailed report on both Fairs with information that may be useful as you design products and services for the Small Scale farmers. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago


“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation 

SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project in partn

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Mugisha Richard The relationship between the farmers and services providers is getting stronger each time a finance Fair is organized. Farmers are steadily gaining confidence to interact with the banks. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Okello Justine Thanks a lot for the Good work done this what our farmers need.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Pendaftaran kompetisi Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards Indonesia (CMA) 2016 telah dibuka!

Inisiatif Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) berasal dari Citi Foundation yang berkantor pusat di New York, Amerika Serikat. Inisiatif ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakat akan pentingnya kewirausahaan dan keuangan mikro dalam mendukung inklusi keuangan serta penguatan ekonomi individu berpenghasilan rendah.

Untuk mencapai tujuan tersebut, Citi Indonesia (Citibank, N.A.) bekerjasama dengan Mercy Corps Indonesia kembali menyelenggarakan CMA 2016. CMA adalah kompetisi untuk menghargai pengusaha mikro berprestasi yang berkontribusi positif kepada lingkungan di sekitarnya.

Terdapat 5 Kategori Penghargaan dalam CMA 2016, yaitu:

1. Green Microentrepreneur (usaha ramah lingkungan, semua sektor)
2. Agriculture Microentrepreneur (sektor agrikultur)
3. Service Microentrepreneur (sektor jasa dan layanan)
4. Fishery Microentrepreneur (sektor perikanan)

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Sigit Prasojo Mesore Mbak mitha, salam kenal. maaf saya masih rada bingung untuk memaparkan sesuatu dan bertanya. kalau boleh saya mau tanya dulu tentang kegitan tentang tanggal 1 Desember 2016, bagaimana cara mengikutinya dan mendaftarnya ?? apakah dengan batas Usia / tidak. trimakasih atas konfirmasi  dan telah mendapat kan ruang / kesempatan dalam bergabung / belajar lebih disisni. salam

1 month 3 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hai Mas Sigit, salam kenal. Mas sigit di atas menulis di kolom komentar posting CMA, namun isinya tentang hal lain. Nggak papa, cuma nanti buat posting lain saja atau komentar di posting yang relevan di Saya jawab ya : acara network & learning event tanggal 1 tidak dibatasi umur, isi form ini untuk mendaftar

1 month 3 weeks ago

Sigit Prasojo adakah syarat lain mbakk?? Thank's

1 month 3 weeks ago

Sigit Prasojo oww iya masih bingung mengunakan halamanya mbakkk, maaf ya ,, makasi

1 month 3 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Tidak apa-apa Mas Sigit, hehehe. Ayo berbagi terus. Nggak ada syarat lain, silakan isi formulir saja di link tersebut.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Innovation in Finance at Africa Works!

Last week the AgriProFocus network joined the AfricaWorks! conference organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council. In light of this year’s theme ‘Innovation in Finance’, we hosted an interactive workshop on “how to manage risks in financing small-holder investments” together with NpM and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (FBKP). The workshop was fully booked with close to 40 participants from a wide variety of organizations. After a short introduction on the problem statement by Lisette van Benthum (AgriProFocus); Josien Sluijs (NpM) and Mariel Mensink (NpM Rural Finance Working group) explained the results of the various case studies and African expert meetings. To further build upon these results, the participants were asked to be that day’s expert panel and discuss amongst each other one of three burning issues: 1. using value chain partnerships to decrease risks in financing small holders, 2. enhancing ag

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Job Opportunities at Heifer International

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a hand-out. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Heifer is looking for suitable candidates to fill in the following vacancies;

1. EAYIP Access to Finance Manager (Uganda)

2. Training and Social Capital Development Manager (Uganda)

3. Administrative Assistant –

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  17 November 2016, All Day Event



The objectives of this finance fair are;

To improve the preparedness and confidence of the 250 farmers entrepreneurs for effective engagement in commercial relationship with financial and Agro-Insurance service providers

To Provide a platform for sharing and learning the agribusiness financial and market opportunities for farmers in the Rwenzori region

Provide a platform for networking, information sharing and making business deals among the value chain actors.

The 1 day fair will include; 

  • Farmers’ preparedness meeting to improve their confidence to engage in commercial relationship
  • Exhibition/Showcasing: Financial service providers, insurance companies and other value chain actors showcase their agri-financial products
  • Pitching and presentations the exhibitors especially financial and agir-insurance service providers.
  • Business to business interactions
  • The on-line

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 months 4 days ago

Access to Finance for Businesses in Myanmar: A Constraints Analysis

Last year, the Dutch NGO SPARK commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the main restrictions to getting access to finance in Myanmar. This policy-oriented document aims to: i) identify the main constraints that entrepreneurs and companies face when seeking to access finance in Myanmar; ii) give an indication of the adverse impact that stems from these constraints; iii) where pertinent, suggest how other transitional and developing economies have sought to address this issue; and iv) offer some recommendations as to how these constraints could be addressed by policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The report focusses on general principles of finance provision, current debt finance constraints in Myanmar and emerging non-debt financing constraints. Please find the full report by clicking the link below. 

Karina Ufert Thank you for posting Bente! The report is also available in Myanmar language, if anyone interested. Cheers, Karina

2 months 3 days ago

Bente Meindertsma Thank Karina, it would be great if you could share the Myanmar version on the platform or with me directly. Best, Bente

2 months 2 days ago


Expert seminar for SMEs on tax laws and financial planning

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 November 2016, 14:00-18:00
  Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), Kazanchiz, Nega City Mall, 3rd floor

Cordaid-R&D and The Entrepreneurship Development of Ethiopia (EDC) invite you to our expert seminar and networking session in the Global Entrepreneurship Week. The seminar will provide you, as business owner, with ideas on Ethiopian tax laws and practical issues that you should look out for in your financial planning to meet your financial goals and obligations. 

The invited guest speakers are experts in Ethiopian tax laws and regulations. Mr. Dawit Tadesse is an independent tax consultant and has shared his expertise with various Ethiopian companies, from small and medium enterprises to large firms. A representative of the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Agency (ERCA) will give detailed information about new tax laws and regulations.

After the presentations of the experts and an interactive discussion, there is time to network with fellow entrepreneurs, business development service providers and other stakeholders. While enjoying a drink and a snack, there is ample o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF)


Promoting transparency and innovation to scale-up and deepen microfinance outreach in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Government of Spain, established the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF) with the primary objective of scaling-up capacity building efforts to the financial sector for the benefit of poor and low-income people in Africa, with a special emphasis on women and rural areas. The Fund was launched with Euros 5 million in funding from the Government of Spain. The AfDB expects to mobilize additional funding as the Fund transforms from a Bi-lateral Fund to a Multi-Donor Fund.

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Gizaw Legesse Thank you, Dereje, for the info! I hope institutions in Ethiopia will benefit through this. Interested members should follow the link which Dereje provided above to know more about the application.

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago


Le vendredi 21 Octobre 2016, la Plateforme néerlandaise pour la finance (NpM), la Plateforme Food & Business Knowledge et le réseau AgriProFocus ont organisé un atelier de restitution de l'étude sur les finances pour les petits producteurs.

Suivez la video ci dessous pour en savoir plus .

Posted By in Acces aux Services Financiers Bénin
Posted 2 months 1 week ago


Le vendredi 21 Octobre 2016, la Plateforme néerlandaise pour la finance (NpM), la Plateforme Food & Business Knowledge et le réseau AgriProFocus ont organisé un atelier de restitution de l'étude sur les finances pour les petits producteurs.

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter le rapport de l'atelier ci joint.

Bonne lecture

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launches a new tool for climate finance in the Dairy Sector

The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions - a step that will open up new sources of finance for the livestock industry and help promote investment in smallholder operations.

FAO's new Smallholder dairy methodology, tackles two major challenges facing agriculture today: the need to make agriculture more productive by increasing yields, while at the same time cutting agriculture's carbon footprint. By opening up new sources of finance, the methodology addresses the critical question of how to finance the necessary transition to a greener livestock sector.

The new methodology for the first time clearly identifies areas within dairy production where greenhouse emissions can be curbed – for example, by chang

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

2016 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit 

 Are a small scale farmer looking for opportunities to expand your network,business? Do you have a business plan that can thrill lenders? Here is an opportunity for you.

The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia and the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE I ZAMBIA) Center have partnered to bring you the 2016 Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit. The Summit will host 100 of Zambia’s investors, lenders, and entrepreneurship empowerment organizations as exhibitors. Our exhibitors are eager to meet Zambian entrepreneurs with good business ideas to network and discuss financing and resources. We encourage all Zambian entrepreneurs to come to the public portion of the Summit to meet our exhibitors. Free of charge!

For more information about #ZES2016, please visit the U.S. Embassy Zambia website here and the WECREATE I ZAMBIA website Click He

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Janine Schoeman

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2 months 2 weeks ago

Janny Nyendwa Thanks Janine, I didn't pay attention until now, I keep that in mind. Regards

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