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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07

FORUM INVESTIR AU MALI

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  07 December 2017 to 08 December 2017 - All Day Event
  Bamako

  Chers membres, nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que le forum (Investir au Mali) prévu du 07 au 08 décembre 2017 à Bamako   ,pour votre  inscription au FORUM  CLIQUEZ ICI POUR VOUS INSCRIRE

AU PROGRAMME DU FORUM INVEST IN MALI :

  • DES CONFÉRENCES ET DES DÉBATS DE HAUT NIVEAU pour découvrir avec des décideurs économiques maliens, africains et internationaux de premier plan les atouts du Mali, les ambitions de la stratégie de développement économique du pays;
  • UN ESPACE D’ECHANGES ET DE CONTACTS B2B PERTINENTS : Nouer des contacts décisifs avec les acteurs-terrain, chefs d’entreprises, responsables de PME et TPE, entrepreneurs;
  • A LA DECOUVERTE DE L’INNOVATION MADE IN MALI : Les produits des PME industrielles maliennes, le savoir-faire des terroirs maliens, le génie des start-ups et les créations des talentueux artisans seront mis à l’honneur tout au long du forum Invest In Mali;
  • SAISIR DES OPPORTUNITÉS CONCRÈTES D’INVESTISSEMENT : Bénéficier d

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:04

Call for Consultants - Tanzania - Venture Capital Research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia, Mali and Tanzania.

While local consultants from Kenya, Zambia and Mali have alrea

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Simon Ngwira I recently graduated from from Natural Resources Development College  (NRDC) studied agriculture and majored in crop science science with more than 3 year work experience do i stand a chance??.

2 weeks 1 day ago

Lisette van Benthum Dear Simon, thank you for your question. We are looking for consultants who have 5-10 year experience with Financial Service / Venture Capital and SME development.... If you have that experience, please do not hesitate to apply.

2 weeks 23 hours ago

Simon Ngwira Thank you.

2 weeks 23 hours ago

Aart van den Bos Hi LIsette. you already  have the senior consultant?

1 week 4 days ago

Lisette van Benthum Hi Aart, in the Netherlands we already have a senior consultant who has started his research. At the moment we are only looking for a consultant located in Tanzania, who can be senior or somewhat junior.

1 week 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 31 August 2017 at 05:50

The 9th edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ event

Venue: Muhanga, 24-25 August, 2017


For the 9th time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event. During this year, the Agri-finance fair took place in Muhanga district on 24-25th August, 2017.

Due to the information gap on financial services and to offer a 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 Southern 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 f

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Innocent SIMPUNGA the event was successfully

1 week 5 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Innocent S, Many participants appreciated your thoughts and advice from your interventions during the dialogue discussions/ in finance fair of Muhanga district!keep facilitating the smallholders!

1 week 4 hours ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA You are welcome , we keep in touch

6 days 22 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 August 2017 at 10:46

So, you have that brilliant business idea but aren't sure where or how to get the funding for it. Well, you are in luck. Inachee has profiled some alternative sources of finance for you. Check them out on our data bank.
http://inachee.com/databank/all_files.php?selCategoryId=13

Posted By in Accès au Financement
Posted 30 August 2017 at 03:54

Accès au financement

Au Niger, comme dans la plupart des pays au Sud du Sahara, l’accès au financement reste un problème majeur du développement de l’Agriculture. Toutefois, si nous analysons la situation avec une certaine objectivité, les agri-preneurs sont confrontés à de multiples autres problèmes. On peut citer :

- Insuffisances d’organisation,

- Insuffisances de qualification

- Non maitrise du marché

- Inexistence de certains maillons des chaines de valeurs

Il est important que les acteurs reconnaissent ces manquements, les prendre en compte et aller vers les structures de financement.

Un cadre législatif et règlementaire existe. Les acteurs doivent à leur tour prendre en charge au moins leur restructuration pour amorcer un changement au sein de leurs structures respectives. Ainsi, on peut dire de ce secteur qui est le moteur de l’économie nationale peut se relancer progressivement pour la satisfaction de tous.

Les

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Akibodé Djodji RESPECT, mon cher ISSA HABIBOU; La qualité de votre analyse est sans commentaire,claire,structurée et vraiment pertinente. Lisons et faisons lire ce texte autours de nous. Avec votre permission, nous en ferons une publication dans notre bulletin mensuel du mois de d'Aout.  Encore une fois, BIG RESPECT.

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 August 2017 at 02:29

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

(Deadline Friday 8th September, 2017 17:00 hours EAT)

Organization profile

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation) is an international non-governmental organization working towards a world in which people can live with dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. Our core values are justice, compassion and stewardship.

ICCO Cooperation has four thematic focus areas including;

· Economic Empowerment

· Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

· Responsible Business and

· Humanitarian Aid.

To strengthen its operation, ICCO would like to invite qualified applicants for the following positions for Ethiopia Country Office.

Position 1:
Job Title: Finance and Administrative Officer (FAO)

Job summary: The FAO is responsible for the content of budgets of the programs and country budgets as well as overseeing the financial management and administration of the country office.

Re

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 23 August 2017 at 01:02

AVIS DE RECRUTEMENT 

ICCO Cooperation et AgriProFocus recherchent un consultant pour une recherche sur la demande et la disponibilité du capital-risque pour les PME (petites et moyennes entreprises). L'offre est derrière ce lien:

https://www.icco-cooperation.org/en/vacancies/call-for-3-consultants--venture-capital-researchVeuillez noter que la recherche peut se faire en français. même si l'offre est en anglais. 

Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 22 August 2017 at 10:39

Call for Consultants -

Venture Capital research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia and Mali.

To support the Dutch Senior Consultant who will be coordinating the research we are

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Gerlance KAMBALE MUSAVULI Very nice!

1 month 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 17 August 2017 at 12:17

Retrouvez moi ce jeudi à 20 heures pour un partage d'expérience sur le financement participatif ou crowfunding. 

Écrivez au +229 94 340 679 pour intégrer le forum. 

Philippe AKPAKI on démarre l'entretien dans 10 minutes 

1 month 1 week ago

aug
17

Partage d'expérience sur le financement participatif ou crow

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  17 August 2017, 20:00-21:30
  Forum WhatsApp de la communauté d'innovation services financiers

Un entrepreneur partage avec nous son expérience sur le financement participatif ou crowfunding. 

Prenez le rendez vous sur cette plateforme en posant vos questions en commentaire 

Pour rejoindre le forum sur WhatsApp, écrivez au +229 94 340 679




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24

Agri-Finance & Market Linkages in Muhanga

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  24 August 2017 to 25 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Muhanga District

Improving Agribusiness

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

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Posted By in Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat Bénin
Posted 11 August 2017 at 08:19

INTERVIEW DU MOIS

Ce mois-ci, nous sommes à la rencontre de Mr Irwin TCHETCHENIGBO pour échanger sur le financement en général et de l’Equity en particulier.

CI Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat : Bonjour Mr, présentez – vous s’il vous plaît.

Irwin T. : Mon nom est Irwin Tchetchenigbo et je suis actuellement en master 2 de finance et de management. Je suis béninois et j’ai eu l’opportunité, via des stages, de travailler au sein de banques d’affaires aux Etats-Unis et en Europe ainsi qu’au sein d’un fonds d’investissement spécialiste de l’Afrique à partir du Maroc.

CI Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat : Le financement est une thématique qui intéresse plus d’un. Parlez-nous du financement en equity ? Quelle est sa particularité ?

Irwin T. : On appelle equity le financement apporté par des actionnaires qui leur permet de détenir une part de l’entreprise proportionnelle à leur investissement. Les financeurs en equity prennent le risque de perdre tou

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Akibodé Djodji Très bonne interview, je vois avec quelle ferveur il parle de la finance des PME. Pour le mot de la fin, je suis resté sur ma faim car le mot CONSOMMONS a manqué.Mais c'est un passionné de la finance, et ça saute à l'oeil. Respect. Ce grand Monsieur nous a invité à consulter ce site " Aussi, conseille-je à tout un chacun de suivre régulièrement l’Africa Capital Digest (accessible gratuitement sur Internet) qui liste toutes les transactions impliquant des fonds de Private Equity en Afrique".

1 month 1 week ago

ISSA Habibou Mes encouragements au frère Irwin pour sa disponibilité à aider pour le développement du Benin et de l'Afrique. Ensemble, sortons du sous-développement !

1 month 6 days ago

MARTIAL AHOUANMENOU Très bonne explication. Je pense que Mr Irwin mérite nos encouragements à persévérer pour le rayonnement du secteur  économique au Bénin, en particulier le secteur Agricole qui souffre énormément. Nous somme tous invité à user de nos moyens intellectuels, matériels et financiers pour  construire une Afrique capable d'assurer son autosuffisance alimentaire. Le ralentissement du développement de ce secteur trouve sa source dans l'inexistence d'une couverture d'assurance appropriée en Afrique et en particulier mon pays le Bénin. Très peu de structures d'assurance accepte de couvrir les risques du domaine agricole;  mais avec la détermination et l'endurance, nous y parviendront.  Ensemble pour réussir!

21 hours 39 min ago

Posted By in Acces aux Services Financiers Bénin
Posted 10 August 2017 at 12:51

Le capital investissement, levier de la croissance de l’industrie agroalimentaire béninoise ?

Communicateur : M. Irwin HOUADJETO

1) Définition de quelques concepts

- Le financement en Equity : c’est le financement apporté par des actionnaires et qui leur permet de détenir une part de l’entreprise proportionnelle à leur investissement.

- La dette : il s’agit du crédit accordé par une banque et qui est greffé d’un taux d’intérêt.

- La dette convertible : il s’agit d’un crédit qui peut être converti en Equity.

2) A propos du financement par Equity

Les fonds de private equity (PE), ou de « capital-investissement » en français, sont des fonds d’investissement qui investissent dans des entreprises non-côtées en bourse afin d’améliorer leurs performances et de les revendre à un horizon précis (5-7 ans généralement). Ces fonds prennent le plus souvent le contrôle des entreprises via des opérations de LBO et s’impli

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Akibodé Djodji Merci, bon à savoir.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 10 August 2017 at 11:34

Opportunité de financement avec la Fondation d'entreprise Legallais

La Fondation d’entreprise Legallais vise à apporter une contribution significative aux projets locaux, nationaux et internationaux qui concernent entre autres l’insertion professionnelle des personnes en difficulté et la protection de l’environnement.

Peuvent bénéficier du financement de la fondation les  Associations loi 1901, les ONG, les structure à but non lucratif (sauf structures d’insertion par l’activité économique), à vocation sociale et solidaire, hors structures à caractère politique ou confessionnel.

Plus d'information : http://www.fondation-legallais.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 July 2017 at 05:13

The African Development Bank (AfDB) to invest US$24 billion in agriculture

 

President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said this in a speech he delivered at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will invest US $24 billion dollars in agriculture as part of its Feed Africa programme- a strategy for agricultural development in Africa. President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said this in a speech he delivered at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Adesina emphasized that the goal of the Bank is to “ensure that Africa feeds itself within 10 years, and unlocks the full potential of its agriculture.” The IITA hosted a series of events to celebrate 50 years of excellence in research. Dignitaries attended the event from across the continent. The Institute recognized Adesina’s immense

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 July 2017 at 01:21

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans?

Check the study on Finance for Smallholders and the workshops held in different country networks

together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:

“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz

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Anne Marie Kortleve

I can imagine MUWANGUZI SAMUEL When I read the overall conclusion of the participants of the workshops I see there is an urgent need for appropriate, flexible and timely financial services tailored to the production cycle of small farmers and that government support is needed through a regulatory framework and stimulation of innovation and finally that donors and investors are to take a facilitating role, also supporting innovation, partnership and high risk investments. Do you agree or do you ahve other suggestions?

2 months 4 days ago

Akibodé Djodji

in Mali this formidable work was restored by

The workshop to share the results of the study entitled "FINANCES FOR SMALL PRODUCERS - RISK MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS"

2 months 4 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Nous restons convaincus que les résultats de ses études serviront de base à l'amélioration des différentes politiques et stratégies de facilitation d'accès au crédit des petits producteurs agricoles.  Vous pouvez suivre la vidéo de l'atelier de restitution de l'étude en cliquant sur ce lien  https://agriprofocus.com/post/587cac31a93f251491aac11a        MERCI, on est ensemble

2 months 4 days ago

Julius. M 1-Being a sector reliant on weather, they are unsure of the harvest (which harvest they also use to repay the loan after selling). 


2-High interest rates. 

3-Some lenders want a farmer deal in/grow a specific crop (like telling a farmer in Northern Uganda to grow cabbage). Automatically he/she won't get the loan.

2 months 1 day ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Julius! Lisette van Benthum, can you add anything to the discussion?

2 months 23 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:45

Agricultural finance fair 2017 - Kabale

 “I am a potato farmer and have been having a challenge of accessing good seed, however during this event i have had access and got contacts of good quality seed producers. Thank you Agriprofocus and partners of this event.” - Tumukunde Annet, a female farmer.  

On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 July 2017 at 06:12

Responsible agriculture finance for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda

Published by Mastercard Foundation; RAF Learning Lab, June 20th, 2017, text from Food and Business Knowledge Platform

This report (PDF), commissioned by the MasterCard Foundation, analyses input credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda. Agricultural inputs (either cash or in-kind) are provided on credit and the farmer reimburses the provider after harvest. Input credit products for farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are often ‘bundled’ with other compulsory services and fees. As a result, smallholder farmers may not fully understand the pricing structure and compulsory nature of bundled credit products, and may be taking on more risk than they can handle. It appears there may be a number of smallholder farmers who are indeed struggling to comprehend input credit bundles and the associated relatively high but variable risks of input credit. The objective of the study was to improve The MasterCard Found

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 11 July 2017 at 08:05

Euromena Awards 2017

C'est un concours organisé par Euromena Consulting pour récompenser l’innovation africaine. Une opportunité de levée de fonds pour les starts-up ( 10 000€ à partager pour les 3 premiers lauréats), une opportunité de renforcer ses capacités ( accompagnement personnalisé des équipes Euromena durant 6 mois pour le vainqueur).

CRITÈRES D'ÉLIGIBILITÉ :

* Etre une start-up implantée en Afrique;

* Avoir un projet défini, déjà opérationnel ou en cours de lancement à caractère innovant et offrant un bénéfice à la société africaine.

DÉLAI DE FIN DE DÉPÔT DES CANDIDATURES : 22 OCTOBRE 2017


Vous trouverez toutes les informations concernant les Awards ainsi que la procédure d’inscription sur le site internet : https://euromenaconsulting.com/euromena-awards-2/?lang=fr

Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage , une belle opportunité pour les entrepreneurs.

2 months 2 weeks ago

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Agribusiness Finance Fair - Kabaale

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  12 July 2017 to 13 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Kabaale

Agribusiness Finance Fair 2017 - Kabaale 

AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, GIZ, The Hunger Project, Bank of Uganda, Solidaridad Network, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, PELUM Uganda, IFDC, Caritas Kabale, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI, A2N, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda National Seed Potato Association, among others are organizing a regional Agribusiness fair focusing on horticulture with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services providers including insurance companies for increased agribusiness investment, improved agricultural production and productivity and influencing an enabling environment.