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 Mali
Posted 5 days 4 hours ago

Vidéo de l'atelier de partage des résultats de l'étude intitulée "  FINANCES POUR LES PETITS PRODUCTEURS - LES POSSIBILITÉS DE GESTION DES RISQUES EN LIANT LES INSTITUTIONS FINANCIÈRES ET LES ORGANISATIONS DE PRODUCTEURS"


feb
13

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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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 : fmugisha@dfcugroup.com or mugishafranc@gmail.com



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda

Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

KASESE AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR - REPORT

“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 4 weeks ago

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

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 2 months 7 hours 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 4 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 http://agriprofocus.com/post/58299497a93f2540a65552bf. Saya jawab ya : acara network & learning event tanggal 1 tidak dibatasi umur, isi form ini http://bit.ly/2ewGco8 untuk mendaftar

1 month 4 weeks ago

Sigit Prasojo adakah syarat lain mbakk?? Thank's

1 month 4 weeks ago

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


1 month 4 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.

1 month 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 1 day 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 2 months 1 day 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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nov
17

THE RWENZORI AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR

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

AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR:

SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON 17TH NOVEMBER, 2016 IN KASESE DISTRICT.

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 1 week 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 6 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 5 days ago

nov
15

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)

24.10.2016

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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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https://www.mfw4a.org/news/news-details/browse/1/article/7/microfinance-capacity-building-fund-mcbf.html

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.

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 weeks 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

Dear Janny, Thank you for sharing the event. At the moment your message is a post, not an event. When you publish it as an event (select the tab 'event' when posting the message) it will show up in the events calendar and will give it more visibility. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

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

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Appui aux petits producteurs "Les possibilités de gestion des risques en liant les institutions financières et les organisations de producteurs"

Dans le cadre du partage des résultats sur le financement des petits producteurs, la plateforme néerlandaise pour la finance (NpM), celle de Food & Business Knowledge, et le réseau AgriProFocus ont initié ce mardi 25 octobre 2016, à la maison du partenariat Angers –Bamako, une session de formation. 

La journée d’échange permet d’élaborer un plan d’action afin d’impacter davantage sur le financement des petits producteurs. Cette initiative plus que salutaire à l’intention des petits producteurs, a été un succès vue l’implication de tous les acteurs concernés par la question. Cette formation, riche en termes de participation, a vu la création de plusieurs groupes thématique dont le but est d’élargir les échanges. Au cœur de ces groupes de travail, des sujets relatifs aux « risques liés au marché, à la

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Are you looking for a new export market for your horticulture business? (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organised a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Various stakeholders from the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers attended the seminar to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

For those that could not attend, here are the presentations:

Access to Finance for SMEs in Zambia
Roveg Fruit BV - Netherlands (Potential Market)
Private Sector Development Tools: Dutch Support to Promote Bilateral Trade and Cooperation
The Dutch and European Horticulture Markets: Where are the best opportunities?
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs: PUM Nethe

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nov
07

Blending4Ag: Innovative Partnerships for Agri-Finance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2016 to 08 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Brussels

The focus of this international conference is on the strategic use of international and national development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise private capital flows into smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chains in developing countries.

The conference will contribute to the knowledge base on how best blended finance can be brought to bear on the agricultural sector, and to bring together key stakeholders who, working together, can catalyse the change towards more impactful public sector funding of agriculture.

The conference is organised around four thematic streams:

1. Achieving leverage in unlocking private funding for smallholder agriculture through public resources

2. Facilities for local currency financing in blended finance for agriculture

3. Partnership for effective financing of climate change adaptation and resilience

4. Risk management and other support structures in blended finance for agriculture

The Blending4Ag conference is organised by CTA in

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 3 months 1 day ago

Fintechs help finance for impact

ING-bank


Microfinance is an important way for people and small-business owners in developing countries to access financial services. It’s also important to ING, as we aim to contribute to the socioeconomic development of communities both near and far, both where we operate and where we don’t.

ING has promoted and increased our resources available for microfinance over the last 12 years, offering our technical and financial expertise to the microfinance sector worldwide.

But the world keeps changing, also in the microfinance sector. ‘Digital inclusion’ focuses on connecting those who don’t yet use a bank at all (known as the ‘unbanked’) to the mainstream financial infrastructure, with fintechs taking the lead. A second major shift is that investors are lending more often to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), rather than microenterprises.

The A Billion to Gain report and the speakers at the A Billion to Gain conference in October 2016 bo

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