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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Below you will find the most popular and most recent discussions, publications and news items, while on the left you will find Resources with useful websites and publications, Toolkit links to various agricultural finance tools and an overview of past and future Finance Fairs in the countries where AgriProFocus is active.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 5 October 2018 at 07:56

Respectful Workplaces Research

The International Finance Corporation (of the World Bank Group) and the DaNa Facility are inviting businesses operating in Myanmar to participate in a ground-breaking new “Respectful Workplaces” research project that will explore the costs of bullying and sexual harassment to workplaces. The purpose of the research is to build respectful workplaces in Myanmar, and to improve workplace productivity, staff recruitment and staff retention.

The research will take place in September and October. Small businesses in four sectors (finance, retail, agribusiness and tourism) are invited to participate in this research. Participation may involve an interview with a manger (HR manager or other), a focus group discussion with some of your employees, and/or running a survey for your employees.

Please, visit the link below for more information details.

Respectful workplace Flyer (Burmese language)

Respectful workplace Flyer (English language)

If you are interested in participating in this research or wo

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Posted By in Access to Finance Rwanda
Posted 3 October 2018 at 02:44

Agribusiness support opportunities at Business Development Fund Rwanda

Tired of the post graduate job hunt hustle? Do you have an agribusiness idea but lack funds to run it?

Worry no more! We can support or co-invest in your agribusiness venture as long as you have 10% of the total amount you need to start. 

Find more information Here

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17

Lancement du Centre de Financement aux Entreprises (CFE)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  17 September 2018, 09:00-12:45
  Parakou

La FECECAM avec l'appui du projet ADAPAMI met en place un Centre de financement aux Entreprises (CFE) à vocation agricole à Parakou. Nous vous invitons au lancement des activités du CFE Nord prévu pour le lundi 17 septembre 2018. Le réseau AgriProFocus soutient cette initiative et sera présente à ce lancement. Faites massivement le déplacement. 

Ci-joint le programme




Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 13 September 2018 at 03:17

IMPACT INVESTING IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRI (Rabobank in Brazil)

This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).

The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.

The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction

Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r

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sep
24

Finance for Non Finance Executives Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  24 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Meridian Hotel, Nairobi

Event Date: 24th – 28th September 2018

Register online to attend

Organizer: Foscore Development Center

Introduction

There is a greater need to understand financial information, particularly the balance sheet, profit and loss account and cash flow statement as companies strive to enhance their shareholder value. Decisions made without properly understanding the financial implications may lead to reduced profits (or even losses) and a reduction in shareholder value. Participants will also be able to use their new financial knowledge to make more effective decisions

Duration

5 days

Who should attend?

Directors, managers or anyone who uses financial information in the course of their work

Course Objective:

· Understanding accounts

· Understanding Financial Management

· Understanding Financial Statements

· Understanding Financial Ratios

· Understanding Working Capital Management

· Use of excel in finance

Course content

· Introduction

· Financial stat

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20

The Kampala Innovations Week 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  20 August 2018 - 17:00 to 24 August 2018 - 20:00
  The Innovations Village, Ntinda

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The KIW are hosting a Kampala Innovation Week Kick off this evening at The Innovation Village. Come out and enjoy happy hour drinks and great conversation to conclude the first day of Kampala Innovation Week! This is a great way to mix and mingle with local entrepreneurs, artists, designers and innovators across Kampala. See you there! 

Visit http://www.kiw.ug/ for more information



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 August 2018 at 11:17

The Kampala Innovation Week 2018

The Kampala Innovation Week is an annual event set to bring together all the various key players from different sectors to celebrate re-focus and energize the innovation efforts in Uganda and across the region.

At the core of the Kampala Innovation Week, is the fundamental belief that innovation can be a transformational tool to solve the biggest challenges in the private, public, academia and civil society of Uganda.

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 August 2018 at 10:52

Dear AgriProFocus Members,

I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers. 

This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.

The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.

Some experts have share

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aug
30

Agri-Finance Fair and Market Linkages

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  30 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 - All Day Event
  KAYONZA DISTRICT

Improving Agribusiness!

In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”

Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).

The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at le

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Posted By in Oikocredit International
Posted 9 August 2018 at 09:37

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report.

CSAF convenes 12 of the world's leading agricultural lenders, including Oikocredit, to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and develop industry standards. Its members aim to create a thriving, sustainable, and transparent market to serve the financing needs of agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2017, CSAF members issued loans totalling $716 million to 794 businesses. These loans connected 2.2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to local and international markets. CSAF’s State of the Sector report was developed in partnership with MIX with support from the Small Foundation.

Read the report or view the annual State of the Sector webinar to learn more about the evolving cr

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 2 August 2018 at 08:48

The power of Village Saving schemes through the eyes of a woman:

One woman's experience with VSLAs and a tale of how Ugandan farmers saved 300 Million UGX in one year


Agriculture is the largest provider of employment to the Ugandan workforce. It accounts for over 70% of the total labour force in Uganda, employing predominantly women (76%) and youth (63%) living in the rural areas (FAO, 2018). Farming however is largely subsistence and the majority of farmers face a variety of challenges; lack of: knowledge and skills, access to credit, information about what to produce and how to produce to earn more money and unpredictable prices, which are often low. 


Lending by financial institutions to the farmers is very minimal due to the high risks associated with farming and lack of collateral. This has forced many farmers to borrow from unscrupulous money lenders who lend at exorbitantly high interest rates.


The village savings and loan association (VSLA) scheme is a micro-finance model that was started by CARE to reduce

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Posted By in PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts)
Posted 26 July 2018 at 01:24

PUM and BiD Network intensify collaboration

Accelerating access to finance and growth for SMEs in emerging markets is the essence of the partnership between PUM Netherlands senior experts and BiD Network. Working together successfully for over two years in Uganda, nine SMEs have been able to attract investment. This month, both parties agreed to intensify their collaboration by expanding to Rwanda and Kenya.


What is unique about the collaboration between BiD Network and PUM, is that it is now possible to offer entrepreneurs a total package. Of course, the entrepreneur is responsible for his or her own company, but essential knowledge and investments are often unattainable. This collaboration offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to take concrete steps and to contribute to the economic development in their country.

Gert van Veldhuisen, CEO BiD Network: ‘’BiD Network and PUM have many synergies and complement each other in the work they do for entrepreneurs in Africa. Where PUM strengthens the

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:46

Oikocredit outperforms sector in microfinance outreach to women

Press release Oikocredit - 12 July 2018

Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017.

In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey1, which presents sector data for 2016.

Oikocredit also surpassed the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients in 2014, 2015 and 2016 when comparing year-on-year with the Symbiotics data for the same period2.

The latest report shows how Oikocredit used over € 980 million to finance almost 750 organisations in 2017, reaching 36 million financial inclusion clients and over half a million farmers.

Oikocredit also saw gains in its renewable energy indi

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Georges Djodji Akibode We are very proud of the formidable work did by  Oiko Credit, the partner and very active member of  AgriProFocus Mali. Her commitment as lead of the Agricultural Finance Fair is a real proof of her commitment to invest in the human. Thousands of women in Mali have benefited from the services of Oiko'Credit through farmers' organizations.

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18

WEBINAR: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT IN SMALLHOLDER FINANCE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2018, 14:00-15:00
  web

RAF Learning Lab Partners, AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are committed to investing in women’s empowerment across smallholder and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Join this webinar to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.

https://www.raflearning.org/event/webinar-womens-empowerment-smallholder-finance-combining-social-and-business-goals-for-good



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 July 2018 at 03:05

Access to correct financial information would accelerate agribusiness in Kenya: Lessons From SNV partners Day

“Romance without Finance has no chance”  This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.


Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 11 July 2018 at 05:17

Bonjour à tous, je suis à la recherche d'opportunités de partenariat/actionnariat ou formation et ou de financement de mon projet d'installation d'une unité de production de bio-pesticide et d'engrais biologiques au Mali.

Les amis interessés peuvent me guider ou prendre contact avec moi, merci.

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Meru Farmers Fair 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  01 November 2018 to 03 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Kikatiti, Arusha

Meru Farmers Fair organized by a Farmers led platform JUWAME, ACT, Fert and AgriProFocus Tanzania will take place in November from 1st to 3rd. This edition of the fair will provide a platform for farmers and various service providers to meet learn and establish business linkages aimed at increasing the productivity of agriculture in Meru District.

The theme is: Sustainable Agriculture for the development of Industries.

More information will follow soon. Stay Tuned 

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Maonesho ya wakulima Meru yanaandaliwa na jukwaa la wakulima wa Meru (JUWAME), ACT, Fert na mtandao wa AgriProFocus Tanzania. Maonesho haya yatafanyika kuanzia tarehe 1-3 Novemba 2018. Awamu hin ya maonesho haya yanatazaniwa kuwakutanisha wakulima na atoa huduma mbalimbali wa kilimo na mifugo ili kuboresha uzalishaji wa kilimi wilayani Meru.

Kauli Mbinu: Kilimo Endelevu kwa maendeleo ya viwanda.

Taarifa zaidi zitafuata hivi karibuni. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 July 2018 at 09:53

Global SME Finance Awards

The Global SME Finance Awards will recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients.

In the last year, if your institution has successfully launched an innovative product or service for SME clients, achieved remarkable results in providing finance to SMEs, or is an innovator in digital financial services, submit your nomination in these categories (each institution can be considered for up to two categories). Winners will be announced at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid.

Award Categories

- Product Innovation of the Year

- SME Bank of the Year

- Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year

                                                Deadline for submission: 23 July 2018

Judging Criteria

Reach: What is the number of MSMEs served/financed and volume of fina

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10

Impact Insurance Academy

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  10 September 2018 to 14 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Turin, Italy

A unique opportunity to learn from ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance!
International Training Centre of the ILO • Turin, Italy

The ILO’s Impact Insurance Academy is a unique opportunity to learn from the ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility.

By combining plenary sessions with specific electives by the choice of participants, participative activities, case studies and intensive discussions, the Academy offers a dynamic learning environment for participants and experts from all over the world to discuss ways of developing inclusive insurance.

Target audience

The Impact Insurance Academy targets mid-to senior-level insurance practitioners exploring and setting up inclusive insurance programmes in their organizations. Regulatory and supervisory authorities willing to support inclusive and responsible insurance in their countries are also invited to attend. The Academy is also tailored fo

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