AgriProFocus Tanzania and members such as TRIAS and TAHA have for the past years co-organized agri-finance fairs that aimed at bridging the financial gap in agribusiness by linking smallholder farmers and the financiers. The fairs attracted a lot of interest from farmers and facilitated deals between the farms and firms. However, its time for change. Inspired by the Netherlands Platform of Inclusive Finance (NPM) dissemination workshop for the study titled Finance for smallholder farmers: Opportunities and risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations, AgriProFocus redirects its focus from linking to learning and leadership in order to address financial literacy among agripreneurs.
Activities going forward:
1. Finance learning sessions on climate smart agriculture, circular agribusiness, nutrition security and inclusiveness profiling changemakers
2. Agri-finance learning labs and business to business meetings
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE: BANKS SHOULD GIVE LOANS TO FOOD PROCESSORS AND BUYERS
Minister of Agriculture Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba wants financial institutions including the bank for agriculture, CRDB and NMB to provide loans to food processors and buyers of agricultural products and farmers since they depend on one another.
The minister says that on a Television program of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC-1) named Tunatekeleza (which means "we are implementing") that aired every thursday, and said farmers and agriculture stakeholders if they are provided with loans they can make agriculture more productive.
"Buyers and processors of agricultural products has a great opportunity to increase our market for Tanzanian farmers" Says Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba.
Also the minister congratulate the CRDB and NMB banks for their tremendous support towards farmers and also wants farmers to form groups so that it will be easier for them to get loans.
Moreover, the minister wants farmers
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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
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 card... Read more
Following a study conducted by the Tanzania Horticultural Association, TAHA and VECO East Africa on saving and Credit models that have helped smallholder farmers access finance, the partners supporting the smallholders’ access to finance under the umbrella of AgriProFocus met to on 18th February to:
· Validate the study findings
· Share knowledge on other successful access to finance models
· Draw a dissemination plan for the study findings
Banks, non-bank financial institutions, informal models, agriculture leasing and Government financial agencies were identified as successful models. It was observed that the non-banks financial institutions and informal models such as Village community Banks (VICOBAs) and SACCOS were the most successful models. Despite being small and seen not to significantly contribute to development VICOBAs are a starting points for saving and lending. On the other hand, SACCOS... Read more
Original article by Cynthia Gordon, CGAP
Mobile technology has brought financial services to a huge part of the population, allowing them to be active participants in their countries’ economies. However, great challenges remain. For example, if you do not have a bank account your options for getting a loan are limited – only a fraction of the population can benefit. We believe that telecoms companies can play a fundamental role in addressing this challenge.
At Tigo, we are focused on responsibly filling the gap in access to credit for all kinds of customers. We plan to do this by keeping 5 key principles at the forefront of our business as we launch an innovative lending product in Tanzania called Tigo Nivushe which is based on the premise of ‘We will trust you until you give us a reason not to.’
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
By: Jamie Anderson and Wajiha Ahmed, 25 February 2016
Globally there are approximately 500 million smallholder households - around 2 billion people - who rely on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. These households, who make up a large portion of the world's poor living on less than $2 per day, typically cultivate less than five acres of land and lack access to basic financial services. Improving their lives is critical to making a dent in global poverty and advancing financial inclusion.
For CGAP's Financial Diaries with Smallholder Households, researchers interviewed 270 total families in Mozambique, Pakistan, and Tanzania every two weeks for an entire calendar year, tracking their income, expenses, and agricultural production. The result was approximately 500,000 data points, combined w... Read more
Following a study conducted by the Tanzania Horticultural Association - TAHA and VECO E.A on the best Savings and Lending models that have helped farmers to access finance, the partners supporting smallholder access to finance under the umbrella of AgriProFocus Tanzania will meet to:
- Validate the study findings
- Share knowledge on other access to finance models that have worked for smallholder farmers
- Draw up a plan on the dissemination of the study findings and other lessons learnt from Partner organisations
Attendance is by invitation only.
The good news for farmers comes two days after the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) gave the new kid on the block a certificate of operation after satisfying itself that the institution met all requirements.
Mr Kikwete said the government would raise Sh100 billion every year to ensure the bank’s 20-year strategic plan is effectively implemented.
“It is the plan of the government to ensure agriculture is transformed by addressing challenges that have been retarding productivity, such as lack of effective financing packages,” he said. “That is why I have asked the management to look into proper financing packages in order to accommodate different farmers.”
The President challenged farmers to improve their productivity t
AgriProFocus Tanzania, in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, TAHA, Trias Tanzania, TCCIA, Mviwata and Fert are organizing the Agri-finance for the fifth time. This year, the fair will be held in Babati, Manyara at Kwaraa Stadium from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.
The main objective of the fair is to link farmers/agribusinesses from Northern Tanzania to financial service providers and financial literacy. The fair will give farmers/agribusinesses the opportunity to increase their knowledge on different financial services offered by various companies, including Banks, Micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, knowledge institutes and NGOs.
Parallel events during the Manyara Agri-finance fair;
i. Business to Business Forum & Networking Cocktail; The business forum will feature case presentations on the impacts of trade barriers to farmer entrepreneurs. It will also feature discussions on potential untapped opportunities in local and regional Maize and Onion Markets... Read more
Tanzania's Mobile Money Revolution
Kenya is often lauded as global pioneer when it comes to mobile money, but Tanzania is also making its mark. With growing competition and mobile money providers starting to make their systems interoperable, Tanzania is setting an example for others.
A new infographic from CGAP looks at Tanzania's mobile money revolution and examines how this fast-evolving market stacks up to Kenya.
Follow this link to see the full infographic.