One of the core priorities for AgriProFocus Rwanda is finding means of making the accessibility of finance to farmers easier. Main issues are access to, affordability of and information about financial products in the agricultural sector. Through networking, joint action and learning and policy advocacy this group aims to foster and improve linkages between supply and demand.
In short more and better deals between farmers and financial institutions.
This space serves for exchange and learning on access to finance, one of the core themes of the AgriProFocus Rwanda. Materials available are open to all.
This space is also used for exchange among the members of the AgriProFocus Rwanda finance thematic group.
Following the successful events organized last year by AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with partners like Agriterra, Land O'Lakes, USAID/PSDAG, and Help a Child Rwanda, we will continue creating linkage opportunities through organizing agrifinance fair and round-tables that stimulate access to finance for agriculture in general with a specific focus on youth in agribusiness.
On 30th and 31st, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with KAYONZA District, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Help a Child Rwanda, Rwanda Development Bank (BRD), ICCO Cooperation and World vision International Rwanda, organized "10th Agrifinance fair and Market linkage event" that took place in Eastern province of Rwanda, Kayonza district which is located in the center of the province and easily accessible. The main objective of the event is to address the information gap on financial services and to offer market linkage opportunities to the agripreneurs.
A two days event brought together different actors in agribusiness sector. These included farmers especially from Eastern Province of Rwanda, cooperatives, agribusiness companies, financial service providers and development partner organizations operating in Rwanda. The fair focused on information sharing, dialogue and interaction and connections between different stakeholders to add... Read more
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For the 10th time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event. During this year, the Agri-finance fair took place in Kayonza district on 30-31 August, 2018.
There is information gap on financial services and market linkages opportunity in agriculture of Rwanda, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized this fair to improve agribusiness development by facilitating an easy access to financial services and business linkages between the key stakeholders of the Agri-food sector in Rwanda.
The two-days event brought together different farmers especially farmers from the Eastern Province of Rwanda, cooperatives, agribusiness companies, financial service providers and development partners organizations operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction and connections between different stakeholders to address various key issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including access to finance, acce... Read more
We are in Kigali, Rwanda!
Venue: Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 23rd – 27th July 2018
NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations (3 or more participants).
Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable beneficiaries. The participants will be guided through participatory processes for identifying market opportunities and developing viable agro-enterprises that are sustainable and which are geared towards improving the incomes of rural farmers, processors, and traders.
Who should attend?
This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural exte... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda seeks to support farmers to practice agriculture as a business, access innovative business development services and maximise profits. The availability of affordable and accessible credit is critical for the success of the agricultural sector. Credit enables agri- entrepreneurs to mobilise the resources required to support production and marketing activities, which are key to successful entrepreneurship. The growing interest in small scale farmers by financial institutions such as banks and MFIs has increased the number of financial products available. However, few farmers know of these financial and insurance products thus limiting their uptake and utilization.
Moreover, several agribusiness companies, cooperatives and farmers have various innovations, products and services they would like to show to farmers and buyers and thus increase their portfolio of sales. Increasing market linkages and visibility of agribusiness products will enhance pr... Read more
Le groupe de travail NPM Rural Finance se concentre sur l'amélioration des activités de ses membres pour accroître l'accès aux services financiers dans les zones rurales. Dans cette optique, le groupe a fait une recherche quelle goulets d'étranglement existe pour financer les petits exploitants, identifiant ainsi les possibilités de gestion des risques en liant les institutions financières et les organisations de producteurs, dans les pays Ethiopie, le Mali, le Rwanda et l'Ouganda. La recherche a été effectuée en collaboration avec AgriProFocus (APF) et l'Université de Wageningen et Centre de recherche (Wageningen UR), et est financé par la plate-forme de connaissances Alimentation & Business (FBKP).
La recherche était déjà publier en Anglais, mais maintenant est aussi disponible en F... Read more
Experts and practitioners in rural and agriculture finance have committed to increase finance in the sector as the international conference on best practices in rural and agriculture concludes in Kigali.
Participants agreed to come up with best ways for access to finance, increase production and cutting down the cost of production in agriculture.
Closing the conference, Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda thanked participants for working hard to learn as much as possible. “Everyone should be eager to learn because everyone has something to do better than what they have been doing”.
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 to... Read more
Farmers, especially those in rural areas, who operate small agribusinesses, will now find it easy to assess funding to expand their agricultural projects. This follows the signing of a refinancing deal between Access to Finance Rwanda, Bank of Kigali, and Duterimbere IMF under which Duterimbere secured a Rwf400 million loan for on-lending to small farmers across the country.
The loan was provided by Bank of Kigali and guaranteed by Access to Finance Rwanda and is part of the Microfinance Challenge Fund. The Microfinance Challenge Fund Rwanda was established in 2014 in accordance with the financing and project agreement of €3 million entered into between the government, Access to Finance Rwanda, and the German Development Bank, KfW. It is managed by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
Read more here: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2016-05-26/200196/
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 having de... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing an Agri-Finance Fair Conferences which will take place on 25-26/08/2015, in Ngoma district; the farmers will come from all districts in Eastern Province.
The goal of the Agri-Finance Fair is to improve agribusiness development by facilitating an easy access to financial services & credit and business linkages.
It will be held during the PSF Fair which is supposed to take place from 21-31/08/2015 in Ngoma district.
The objectives of the event are:
- Facilitate Business to Business interactions and connections between different stakeholders.
- To improve the availability of affordable and accessible credit for agricultural value chain development;
- To bring together farmers and financial service providers for information sharing, dialogue and interaction and discuss measures to improve the market information system;
- To inform farmers on loan applications, collaterals needed best financial providers, etc.
- To incite different stakeholders... Read more
The AgriProFocus networks Rwanda and IFDC, in collaboration with Access to Finance Innovation community, organize the Agri-Finance and the seed fair event.
This two days event
will be held in Musanze on September 16-17, 2015.
The event will bring together financial institutions, farmers, seed companies and researchers involved in seed. The event with both forums and exhibition will be held in Musanze at the stadium.
Quality seed is currently among the most important factor in increasing agriculture production. The yield can increase up to 30% when improved seeds are used. In Rwanda, the seed value chains are not well organized; some seed producers lack markets of their seeds while there end-users who don’t have information on where to source for quality seeds. On the other hand, the two groups (seed multipliers and buyers) have difficulties in accessing to finance which hinders their businesses.
The overall goal of the event is to stimulate access to... Read more
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 the Wageninge... Read more
(Participation only by invitation!!!)
Since 2010, AgriProFocus together with its members in Rwanda, IFDC, SNV, Terrafina Microfinance, Oxfam, ICCO, AMIR, and many more, have been working together to address various burning issues in farmer entrepreneurship, and one of the main issues is Access to finance for farmers.
In previous years, AgriProFocus Rwanda has been organizing agri-finance fairs in which many organizations played an important role, which allowed financial institutions to get new clients.
This year, we would like to see what we do together through the network to contribute to more access to finance by farmers while achieving your organizational goals.It is in this regard that AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing the meeting with key actors involved in the access to finance sector.
The meeting is scheduled to take place on the 13th February 2015 at Top Tower Hotel from 3 p.m.