Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform

moderated by Jacob Olanya

This Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform is a page dedicated to the online dissemination of Agricultural and Rural Finance information. It serves as a repository of non-proprietary information collated from various contributing stakeholders. We hope that you will find the information helpful / useful, and invite you to contribute.





Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 months 3 days ago

FREE information on sources of finance

It is difficult to access financing in Uganda, let alone know where to find the right type of finance for your business. We try to make this process easier. On our sister website: www.inachee.biz we regularly profile (FREE) a number of alternative sources of finance like venture capital, private equity and grants.

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks 

4 weeks 1 day ago

Denye Ronald What i know for sure your doing good job educating communities on how to start a business at local level.

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

Equity fastest growing bank in Africa, survey

By Bob Koigi, Africa Business Communities, 6 July 2016.

Kenya’s Equity Bank has been ranked the fastest rising bank in Africa by the Banker, a publication of Financial Times which ranks the Top 1,000 banks globally.

This has seen the bank now join the league of the 25 largest lenders in the continent. Equity Bank that has operations in Tanzania, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda last year recorded a core capital of $650million, a 29.8 percent growth

Kenya Commercial Bank, the other bank to feature prominently in the list was the third highest mover in Africa following a 10.9 per cent growth which saw it jump to position 961 globally up from 981 last year.

KCB, the largest bank in the country by asset base and number 808 in the world, now ranks 24th in Africa following a 2.2 per cent growth in tier 1 capital, which is used as the ranking standard.

“The relative strength of this performance can in part be attributed

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

[Uganda] Smart telecom forays into mobile banking

By Bob Koigi, Africa Business Communities, 6 July 2016


Uganda’s telecommunication network company Smart telecom has launched a mobile money service dubbed SMART Pesa that targets to deliver affordable mobile financial services to all Ugandans. SMART Pesa customers will be able to send and receive money, deposit and withdraw cash, and make bulk payments such as salary disbursements. In the future, customers will also be able to access micro-credit and micro-savings accounts.

“Smart is one of the most innovative telecom companies in the market today. Just as we created a revolution in the data bundle market by providing cheap and reliable data bundles in the country which positioned us as the leading providers of cheap data bundles in the country today, SMART PESA seeks to create a revolution in Uganda’s mobile money market,” said Abdellatif Bouziani the Smart Group, CEO.

To mark the launch of SMART Pesa, SMART has introduced an init

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

Standard Chartered bank launches digital roll out in 8 African countries

By Bob Koigi, Africa Business Communities, 6 July 2016


In an extensive digital roll out billed as one of its kind in Tanzania, Standard Chartered Bank has launched a mobile and online banking which also embraces the fingerprint technology.

The roll out in Tanzania is also happening across 7 other African countries and is targeting an estimated one million customers. “Supported by the Bank’s global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and the convenience of banking from the location of their choice,” said the bank in a statement

In Tanzania, customers are already downloading the new mobile application which is available to both Apple and Android users. The Bank’s Head of Retail Clients, Michael Shio, said with the new mobile application, customers could have a single view of their banking portfolio covering accounts, loans and debit car

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Vanila is very important to our community so we can get more income  join me to start a new journry to  success i need you more than before in cooperate.

4 weeks 1 day ago

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12

Sharing risk and financing Africa’s agriculture

Event posted by in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
  12 July 2016 to 13 July 2016 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

  Sharing risk and financing Africa’s agriculture  

This workshop, hosted by the African Development Bank Group, aims to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to contribute to the proposed facility's modalities for sharing risks around financing agriculture value chains. The workshop will also present global and Africa-wide lessons learned and best practices in the design of a workable, context-based mechanism for the continent. The workshop will bring together policy makers, including senior officials of Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Central Banks, commercial banks and other financial institutions, development partners, among others, in order to:

  1. Exchange knowledge and experiences on successful agriculture risk sharing mechanisms across Africa;
  2. Build a consensus on the conceptual framework on Risk Sharing;
  3. Present AfDB's thoughts on the Risk Sharing and Financing Mechanism, its preliminary design elements, and get feedback from the audience;
  4. Articulate the expected

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 9 months 3 days ago

Hello,

I have subscribed to this platform today for 2 reasons;

First of all I am a farmer at heart. My parents having fled Kampala during the turbulent early 80's, my first memories are of my grandfather's homestead in Masaka. Our lives rotated around the 5 acre kibanja whether mulching the banana plantations, picking coffee, tilling for beans and maize or grazing the few goats he kept. More that ten of us lived with him at any one time and survived quite happily off this small piece of land. My faith in the ability of the earth to sustain us has never waned. As a grown man, I have secured my future in tree growing and invested my safety net in cattle keeping.

My second reason is joining is that I am banker. After 10 years at different levels in commercial banks, I believe I can authoritatively speak of matters pertaining banking and financing in Uganda. In the last six years, I have audited credit applications before and after they were disbursed and in the past three years, I have mana

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Muhimbise John Thanks Rogers for these notes on Agricultural financing. The problems facing the sector are well documented and I wouldn't want to go into them now. If you were a lender, would you lend to agriculture as it is now? My answer is NO? Why? Because it is extremely risky and given that there are less risky and better credit-worthy sectors, why risk? Remember the days of Rural farmers scheme, Entadikwa, Prosperity for all, Naads, youth livelihood schemes? All these and more have come to naught! With more than 95% of farmers being peasants with no skills to speak of, and a non-commercial mind-set, how do you lend money to agriculture? There is need to go back to the drawing board and adopt a holistic approach to farming by equipping farmers with relevant skills before disbursing funds. Equip them with loan management skills and book-keeping before giving them money. Take them through the ABCD of piggery before giving them pigs! It would appear financing to agriculture is not such a big impediment but lack of skills!

9 months 2 days ago

Rogers Makumbi Hello John, I beg to differ on some of the issues you raise. 1. Banks are not willing to lend to farmers because of the inherent risk in agriculture; Is agriculture any more risky than the common Chinese import businesses that thrive on dodging taxes and other short cuts? I have foreclosed hudreds of loans where such businesses have gone burst because of a single occurrence. 2.95% of farmers are peasants with no skills; A recent publication by Kigo Thinkers (http://72.41.218.72/KigoThinkers_AgriculturePaper_June2016.pdf) tried to differentiate between small scale and peasant farmers. I am a small scale farmer using less than 5 acres but nothing I grow is for consumption. Am I a peasant? Most of our 'business men' know as little about business as our farmers know about agriculture. How come the 'business men' easily get credit? I however agree with your conclusion. What our farmers need are financial services not just credit. Things like ware housing, market research, financial accounting/management are what should come first before credit.

9 months 2 days ago

Harrison Kaziro That is a great discussion members. Allow me to chip in. I am blessed that I worked in the banking sector for five years before falling back to agribusiness support. I am close to farmers because I support them in agribusiness growth and management but also access to agrifinance services. Both Rogers and John are right, and I like your conclusions, both of you. I like the bit that Rogers raised that "Most of our 'business men' know as little about business as our farmers know about agriculture". This is where we need to come in, as experts, but we have not delivered real value, and this is why these challenges still exist todate. However, so far in my 12 years of working with farmers, as a banker and agribusiness support officer, we can do a couple of things; 1: We can start from organising the farmers and equip them with capacity to solve their own challenges. If we bring together the smallholders under cooperatives, support them in managing them, then the banks will look at them under "cooperatives", as business men instead of individual farmers. So all our effort will be to support the cooperative to behave like a real 'business man' and then there will be no reason for FIs rejecting them anymore. It is easier to keep records and engage with other value-chain players if farmers are organised under a legal entity like a cooperative. We are lucky to have the government's stance on coops being positive lately, so we can ride on that and support our farmers. 2: Support the farmers to 'create their own banks', I mean if farmers can be supported to start their own SACCOS, which are linked to their producer and marketing associations/cooperatives, then slowly we can see improvement in access to financial services. I have done this for the past seven years in Central and Eastern Uganda, and it is helping many smallholder farmers access financial services. 3: Banks need to hire value-chain support experts if they are to design appropriate agricultural finance products and deliver them sustainably to the targeted group - smallholder farmers. Currently bankers fear lending to the sector because they lack expertise in the agricultural value-chain approach, and you cannot manage agric loans if you lack in this area. It is so sad to hear banks mention the issues that have been known for centuries, as the reason why they fear lending to farmers, but with no effort to find innovative solutions to tackle them. Where is the creativity in our work, as elites. As an agribusiness specialist, I have seen FIs running to coops I have supported to establish and link to good markets, because they are opportunists, they only want to rip where they even never never sowed, but it is important to be innovative and circumvent the challenges that have been hindering the banks from lending to farmers. Thanks, cheers.

8 months 3 weeks ago

Rogers Makumbi I have just read this article by Simon Kaheru https://skaheru.com/2016/07/02/ntangawuuzi-anyone-i-mean-ginger-put-some-in-that-tea-lazima/ and wondered; What would become of this farmer if he had borrowed the 5M to grow ginger that is now worth about 2.5M? How do we provide solutions that cushion both the farmer and the financier from effects of calamities such as these price shocks. weather variances, pest infestation, etc? In my current position, I would be calling a bailiff to set up an auction of the farmer's collateral (usually the only valuable asset he would have left). In my heart I know this is not the right thing to do but it is the correct procedure per most financial institutions' credit policies.

8 months 3 weeks ago

Muhimbise John Thanks Harrison and Rogers for enriching this discussion drawing from your experiences both as Bankers and Farmers. Rogers, you ask whether I would describe you as a peasant given that with your few acres you are growing for sale(Business). You have a Mindset of an agricultural entrepreneur and to that extent I wouldn't describe you as a peasant. I am also assuming that you did some kind of business planning before embarking on agriculture. I expect you to have thought about the market before deciding on the type of crops to grow, the timing for your planting, some projected cash inflows and out flows , potential risks and possible mitigation measures. If you are not doing the above and you entirely depend on the vagaries of nature you will be referred to as an enlightened peasant because you are educated and aware of what should be done and you are not doing it! One should not be shocked by Kaheru's story because its very common especially with maize, tomatoes, mangoes, and other crops. If you are a serious farmer you need to ask yourself what you will do in case there is a glut in the market. That's what risk management is about. What about storing in silos, warehouses awaiting prices to stabilise? What about crop insurance? why not think about contract farming? We have to really think outside the box if we have to do serious Agriculture! Harisson, you are doing a commendable job! We need more of your kind in the villages together with Vet assistants, agricultural assistants to sensitise the peasants as a first step and then finance will come later when they are physcologically and physically prepared for it!

8 months 3 weeks ago

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05

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) pport

Event posted by in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
  05 September 2016 to 09 September 2016 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

African Green Revolution Forum  

You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), in Nairobi, Kenya from the 5th until the 9th of September. This year marks a key milestone for Africa’s agricultural transformation. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the foundations laid for a renaissance in African agriculture. Farmers now have more choice in the seeds they plant, the fertilizers they use, and in the markets they sell to. Now is the time to ‘seize the moment’ and with the right leadership, policies, and investments, we can transform the lives of millions of smallholder farmers and put all countries on the path to a sustainable agricultural transformation. Hosted by the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, this year’s forum will assemble the key players in African agriculture from farmers to policy makers, donors, decision makers and Heads of State as we ‘seize the moment’ and advance the policies needed to trans

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 months 2 days ago

Have you heard of OpenIDEO fund challenge?

Do you have an idea on how to reduce food spoilage and wastage for smallholder farmers through access to information, markets, financial and technological resources? 

Between now and May 3rd at 12 pm EST, we want your ideas for how to reduce waste and spoilage by improving access to information, financial and technological resources for small scale farmers.

Take a look at some of the ideas, and then add your own - in this phase, we’re looking for the basic shape of your solution - we’ll dig deeper as the challenge progresses.

Visit OPENIDEO website for details on the criteria and the eligible countries. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are among the countries that are eligible.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 months 2 days ago

I am Noeline the Manager for Kakumiro Farmers' SACCO. The Sacco provide financial services to rural women in Kibaale district. I am happy to join the platform.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 months 1 week ago

Smallholder farmers need more finance to modernise

The deputy governor Bank of Uganda (BoU), Dr Louis Kasekende, has given new insights regarding agricultural financing, suggesting the smallholder farmers will need a range of financial services beyond the provision of credit, to support their efforts to modernise.

In a speech delivered for him by the BoU executive director supervision, Ms Justine Bagyenda, last week at Protea Hotel during a meeting on Developing Approaches for Financing Smallholder households in Uganda, Dr Kasekende said these services will include savings and insurance products.

He said insurance is especially important to mitigate the risks that arise from possible crop failures and the volatility of farm gate prices which are a deterrent to commercialisation.

“I don’t think it is likely that commercial banks will be the main vehicle for providing financial services to smallholder farmers, because the banks’ business models entail transactions costs which are too

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Moses Komagum Government has promised to recruit more cadres of extension workers. If this happens soon it will improve production and productivity which is primary for Agribusiness growth and development. This was a very good message based on reality that needs to be addressed.

11 months 6 days ago

Moses Komagum Government has promised to recruit more cadres of extension workers. If this happens soon it will improve production and productivity which is primary for Agribusiness growth and development. This was a very good message based on reality that needs to be addressed.

11 months 6 days ago

BAJJA FRUIT FARM The Dr. was spot on. We need more than credit to prosper. Thanks for sharing.

11 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 months 1 week ago

USAID injects Shs520b towards revamping farmer cooperatives

Article by Steven Otage

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has injected $159m (Shs527b), towards revamping over 40,000 cooperative unions scattered across the country to make them viable businesses.

Speaking at the launch of the programme last week, Mr Jo Lesser Oltheten, the director economic growth at the US mission in Kampala, said ''instead of calling them farmers cooperatives, the five-year project targeting small holder farmers will rename them as producer organisations.''

This is so that they become strong businesses which will create market linkages for member farmers dealing in maize, coffee and beans so they start benefiting from extension services, market linkages, good governance and proper management of the organisations.

We want to build linkages where we have an alliance of agricultural businesses working with the farmers’ federation, civil society organisations, funding agencies and

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Moses Komagum Marion, is this new funding opportunities which is open for companies to apply of it's already being implemented

11 months 1 week ago

Charles Olanya I am looking for funding to purchase machine to add value to my agri-commodities trading. What is the application process and the requirements?

11 months 1 week ago

Marion Alyek Dear Sam, The funding is going to be given to cooperative unions and your organizationis an NGO so that doesn't count. You are not eligible to apply. @ Moses, This is closed to only cooperative unions and USAID is already working with the government. They launched last week but the implementation process is under way. @ Charles, I am still following up on the process and requirements for this funding but i would suggest that you also post this on the platform and tag finance to it. When you talk of agri- commodities, can you please specify?

11 months 6 days ago

Charles Olanya Marion, I am a farmer growing beans, maize, millet, sorghum, cassava on a bigger scale and also buying from out-growers rice etc. I am looking for finance to buy cleaning, grading and packaging equipments.

11 months 6 days ago

Ignatius Loyola Apuda I am surprised the U.S is promoting cooperatives in Uganda. We're now very individualistic (as is the nature of Capitalism led by the USA, Japan, etc). It's hard to convince farmers in Teso to form cooperatives in the hope that individuals will gain. Perhaps the idea of 'growth poles' would be workable, ie. Alfred Pareto optimum which would require individuals to be supported in certain locations and products, then these growth poles form production loci. For example, USAID could sign an MOU with a strong farmer like myself through agriculture mechanization and crop finance. I will then support contract farmers that I will recruit as out-growers, the out-growers sell their products to me for cash; then I will process, warehouse, transport and find the market. What does USAID think (Marion Alyek)? Cooperatives are slow in giving farmers cash to pay school fees, go to hospital for treatment. etc. and that's why farmers shun them.

11 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 months 4 weeks ago

Am Mugisha Francis Working with one of leading commercial banks in uganda working  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 gross period of 3-6 months depending on the crop being funded but for value chain actors grace period solely depend on the enterprise being funded.

the interest rate is minimal to enable farmers do business at a profit and repayment schedules also will depend on seasonality and tenor of the loan

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.  our loan Products range from 5 millions UGX tO 400 Milli

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Edward Kacere Tweheyo Thanks Francis for the good information on agriculture financing.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Muhangi John Thanks frank for the updates

11 months 3 weeks ago

Richard James Onyai am damn crazy getting this loan...I need it bad. Hope its true

11 months 2 weeks ago

Charles Olanya Thank you Francis for the information.

11 months 1 week ago

Geofrey Musasizi Dear Mr. Mugisha Francis. Once again we than you for the commendable work you are doing to promote and sustain farmers in uganda and the whole africa at large. My inquiry is, if we're in need of applying for the asset financing and yet we're in jinja, what can we do? Hope to hear from you dear.

11 months 6 days ago

Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 1 year 2 weeks ago

New Bill, Big Changes in Digital Financial Services in Uganda

Original article by Chris Bold, CGAP


Despite recent problems that arose from mobile money being temporarily shut down in Uganda, most DFS stakeholders in the country are quite optimistic about the opportunities 2016 will bring. On January 11, 2016, after six years of waiting, and with very little fanfare, the Government passed the Financial Inclusion Act Amendment Bill. This bill amended the 2004 Financial Institutions Act and provided a legal basis for a host of new business models. Here is a quick summary of some of the biggest changes. 

Agent Banking. For the first time in Uganda, Agent Banking has been explicitly defined and a legal basis for its regulation has been put in place. Uganda is among the last of the East African countries to allow banks to use agents. This is an important step towards creating a more level playing field between banks and non-banks such as mobile network operators who have long been making u

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Ndizeye Mujyanama David Thanks alot for your best ideas

1 year 5 days ago

Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 1 year 2 weeks ago

The impact of shutting down mobile money in Uganda

By Chris Bold and Rashmi Pillai, CGAP, 7 March 2016


On February 18, 2016 the people of Uganda went to the polls to vote in the Presidential and Primary elections. Citing a threat to "national security," the Uganda Communications Commission ordered mobile network operators to shut down key social media sites (WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter) and disable mobile money platforms.

While many savvy mobile users defied government warnings and quickly downloaded Virtual Private Network applications to circumvent the social media ban, they remained without access to mobile money for nearly four days until the restrictions were lifted. While frustrating for users, the events provide us with something close to a natural experiment to assess the impact of removing mobile money from a country. We spoke informally (and off the record) with various stakeholders to gauge how the shutdown affected different groups.

Impact on Customers:

According to World Bank

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 1 year 2 weeks ago

The Landscape for Impact Investing in West Africa

GIIN, Dalberg, 27 July 2015


The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Open Capital Advisors, published the full release of The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa, a “state of the market” analysis of the impact investing industry in the region. The most comprehensive study of impact investment activity in East Africa to date, the full report includes detailed chapters for five countries—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Rwanda—plus chapters on six additional countries in the region.

The report analyzes an active impact investing market across East Africa. Development finance institutions (DFIs) are a significant player in the market, having deployed nearly $8 billion in impact capital to date. However, many other types of investors—including VC/PE funds, foundations, family offices, commercial banks, and angel investor networks—are increasingly active, with these non-DFI impact investors hav

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 year 5 months ago

Farmers crack finance to business deals with financial service providers, during the Agricultural Finance Fair held on the 22nd and 23rd October 2015 in Mbale _Eastern part of Uganda

AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Access to Finance in partnership with Financial Access, SNV, GIZ-AGRUFIN, Uhuru Institute, Feed the Future, The Hunger Project Uganda, AMFIU, VECO East Africa and Mbale District Local Government convened a regional finance fair with an overall objective of linking Farmer entrepreneurs to Financial Service Solutions; for Increased Productivity and Profitability.

The two day fair attracted over 300 participants that included but not limited to producer organizations, financial service providers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and professionals, farmer organizations, insurance providers, cooperators, NGOs focusing on agribusiness and other agricultural value chain actors.

during the fair, both farmer groups and individual farmer entrepreneurs had an opportunity to interact with d

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Posted By in Access to Finance Uganda
Posted 1 year 7 months ago

The Smart Agri-finance Information Exchange event:

The AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Access to Finance held the first of its kind, a national Agrifinance information exchange event on August 13, 2015, Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi. The event was under the theme; "Innovative agri-finance solutions for private sector growth"

The event brought together a cross section of stakeholders and over 90 participants attended including but not limited to agri-finance service providers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and professionals, producer organizations, Insurance providers, NGOs and development partners.

The key presenters included; Mr. Martin Maugustini, Country Manager AFGRI (Uganda), Mr. Shaban Maregesi, Manager Agri-business , CRDB Bank Tanzania, Mr. Michael Rothe, Managing Partner, SmartMoney  and the event was graced by Hon. Victoria Sekitoleko, Chairperson, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance who gave the closing remarks.

In her remarks she emphasized the need for agri-finance service

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Patrick Ndichu Finance for agribusiness is readily available at very attractive rates from Lasso Capital within E. Africa.

1 year 7 months ago

Masudi Ferdinand bonjour, je suis a la recherche de financement pour terminer mon projet avicole, avez vous une idee d une organisation financiere aui peut me venir en aide

1 year 7 months ago

jul
20

Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  20 July 2015 to 24 July 2015 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

IFDC is organising a 5 day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with the aim of linking farmers to markets in Africa. Their objectives is to:

I) Discuss the theory behind the different principles and components of farmer-to-market linkages and draw on lessons and best practices of IFDC and partner organizations in Africa, II) Show how to make theory successful in practice through well-selected case studies; III) Improve capacities to analyze farmer-to-market linkages within the context of specific agricultural environments and their input and output markets; IV) Develop project(s) proposals which incorporate principles that allow for effective farmer-to-market linkages; and

V) Create a network to facilitate future exchanges, joint proposal development, mainstreaming of farmer linkages approaches and long-lasting, professional relationships. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

The training program is aimed at professionals from both the private and public sector with a specific interest in farmer-to-mark

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 year 9 months ago

Agricultural Finance Platform Launched

Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA), together with SNV Uganda and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) are behind the move to get agriculture financing higher up the government agenda. The Agriculture Finance Platform (AFP) is intended to create a conducive agriculture finance environment for Ugandan farmers.

Find more details here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 11 months ago

Finance for Smallholders

Workshop on a Research made in Four Countries

A workshop regarding access to finance for smallholder farmers took place today in Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa. The major objective of the workshop is reporting on the study which the Rural Finance working group of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, initiated in cooperation with AgriProFocus in early 2014 to investigate the financing of small producers and producer organizations in order to learn from, upscale and replicate best practices.


This research ‘Finance for Smallholders: Opportunity for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations’ has been carried out in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda in developing 14 case studies on projects that have been operating successfully for a number of years. More over the research proposal was drafted in consultation with Terrafina Microfinance, Agriterra, the European Microfinance Platform, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and th

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