New research from Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) and Nathan Associates highlights agricultural lease finance as a way to expand access to finance for smallholders, allowing for greater mechanization of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. This blog summarizes some of the key opportunities and barriers to uptake and usage of lease finance - concluding with the recommendation of a potential fund that would help share the initial costs of agricultural equipment.
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Description: Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD – Africa), and Nathan Associates are pleased to present a webinar based on, Agricultural Leasing in sub-Saharan Africa.
Although leasing is a growing form of asset finance in African markets, its use in agriculture remains a nascent concept. Why is this the case? How could leasing help to bridge the finance gap in the sector and ultimately improve rural livelihoods? More specifically, what role can Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) play in expanding agricultural leasing in order to support much-needed growth in the African agriculture sector ?
The webinar took place on 31 May 2017 and discussed these issues, based on a recent market study undertaken by Nathan Associates in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The webinar was recorded and... Read more
FACTS helps fast growing SMEs in East Africa manage the timing of liquidity: getting paid when goods are delivered instead of waiting for client payment, which can take up to 60 to 90 days. Their product is called Supply Chain Finance: a new concept in Africa, addressing the “missing middle” not served by banks or microfinancing institutions. FACTS established a firm basis in this field over the past 18 months, supported by management investments and institutions such as the Dutch Good Growth Fund, ICCO Investments and SEAF, and is now ready to scale up.
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Safaricom has launched Connected Farmer, a mobile and web based service that will help agricultural processing businesses in production planning by opening a communication line with farmers.
Connected Farmer enables the organizations transact with farmers by leveraging M-PESA to make and receive payments securely. It also helps register and key in information such as expected production quantities helping processors plan especially on pick up and work force resulting in overall cost reduction in production.
Connected Farmer is a partnership between Safaricom and Mezzanine Ware – a company that specializes in developing mobile enabled solutions for businesses. The launch follows a six month pilot which saw 12 firms with 80,000 farmers sign up. The technology also help farmers in tracking sales and cash management.
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5 may 2017
Are you interested in exploring how open APIs could help your business contribute to more useful, sustainable, and scalable financial solutions for low-income customers?
CGAP is looking to work with digital financial service (DFS) providers, fintechs, and other organizations that have well-established financial inclusion assets and capabilities to share via open APIs. CGAP will provide financing and technical assistance to implement an open API business and motivate third-party developers to explore and use APIs to build innovative products and services. Our goal is to help industry explore business models based on open APIs and produce new and successful demonstration cases.
Submit Expression of Interest by June 9, 2017
CGAP is looking for digital payments providers, financial institutions, and other financial service providers that have:
* Assets that are relevant to a range of third parties and for a range of innovat... Read more
24 April 2017, Max Mattern
CGAP notes in a recently released publication, “Digitizing Value Chain Finance for Smallholders,” innovations in digital financial services offer an unprecedented opportunity to extend the reach of value chain finance. By increasing the information available on smallholders’ financial and agricultural lives and reducing transaction costs, these services have the potential to provide excluded smallholder segments with a range of products and services designed to increase productivity, manage risk, and access new markets. For example, aggregation and analysis of digital data related to sales, payments, and seasonality of cash flows among value chain actors promise to overcome barriers to providing credit not only to smallholders, but also to the traders, processors, and retailers that serve them. At the same time, branchless banking and the rise of mobile devices are making payments to and from small... Read more
Michelle Kaffenberger, Danielle Sobol, 19 April 2017
Mystery shopping is a tool used externally by market research companies, watchdog organizations, or internally by companies themselves to measure quality of service, or compliance with regulation, or to gather specific information about products and services. The mystery consumer's specific identity and purpose are generally not known by the establishment being evaluated.
Mystery shoppers perform specific tasks such as purchasing a product, asking questions, registering complaints or behaving in a certain way, and then provide detailed reports or feedback about their experiences.
In a mystery shopping study in Zambia, most shoppers were able to register for a digital financial services account without showing the necessary identification. These shoppers were able to bypass over-the-counter transaction limits. And most agents who quoted transaction fees to shoppers told shoppers the wrong amoun... Read more
June 2015, USAID and Fintrac
'Given the financing gap, and the fact that most farmer income is used to meet basic needs, businesses serving smallholder farmers must rely on innovative methods to enable customers to purchase products and services. Without doing so, companies risk having a limited market for their products and services.
There are a number of promising affordability and financing strategies available for companies to offer customers outside of traditional commercial lending. In many cases, companies can couple these strategies with product and service delivery to offer a comprehensive solution that increases customer adoption.
This playbook will assist partners in understanding the variety and viability of the strategies available to help customers afford a product or service and will help them ... Read more
We are pleased to inform you that we will offer the Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course in August 2017. This 5-day course will take place in The Netherlands from 14th to 18th August 2017.
This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. The course is offered by HPC and MDF, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers.
There is a... Read more
This 4 page publication by Trevor V. Suslow of the California University gives you a short overview of recommendations of maintaining post harvest quality of watermelon. He a/o touches the following subjects: Maturity Indices, Quality Indices, Optimum Temperature, Optimum Relative Humidity, Rates of Respiration, Rates of Ethylene Production, Response to Ethylene, Responses to Controlled Atmospheres (CA), Physical and Physiological Disorders, Pathological Disorders, Special Considerations, Maturity and Quality and Disorders.
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Business Fights Poverty recently published a discussion paper on how to scale inclusive distribution networks that enhance economic opportunities in downstream value chains (http://snipbfp.org/2n5DJEj). This was an output of our Challenge on Inclusive Distribution, supported by Citi Foundation. The paper outlined three inclusive distribution models and eight key enablers to scale these models, and was intended to lay the foundation for further investigation and engagement.
Over the last couple of years, many Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies have employed new models of inclusive distribution that engage and expand opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises in downstream value chains to help increase sales and reach new markets.
Despite the promise of inclusive distribution networks, very few have been able to reach scale. Without scale, they are considered a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have for the busines... Read more
The experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different colored plastic sheets as mulching on the performance of tomato yield, quality parameters and soil temperature. The average fruit diameter varied from 38.57 mm (control) to 43.46 mm (Blue colored plastic mulch). Plastic mulches were superior over and significantly different from control considering the average fruit diameter. However, there is no any significant variation among tested plastic mulches. The variation within plastic was 42.94 to 43.46 mm. Average fruit firmness black and blue plastic mulches have above average fruit firmness as compare to control and clear plastic. Even if there is no significant variation among plastic mulches, black (4.102 kg) and... Read more
The effect of packaging bags on fruit rot disease suppression and fruit quality retention of mangosteens (Garcinia mangostana L.) was investigated at 13°C. Harvested mangosteen fruit at stage 3 of maturity (full red pericarp) were packed in either a perforated polyethylene (PPE) bag, a low density polyethylene (LDPE) bag, or an LDPE bag combined with a 1-MCP sachet (EthylBlocTM), with non-packed fruit used as the control. All samples were kept at 13°C for 30 days. Fruit incorporating an LDPE bag + 1-MCP sachet did not show fruit rot disease throughout the 30 days while those in a PPE bag showed the highest fruit rot disease. Fruit in the LDPE bag alone had lower fruit rot disease as c... Read more
C’est avec énorme plaisir que Prolinnova Secretariat International vous partage la publication quelques lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l’innovation paysanne en français et anglais.
It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands partners with the Dutch private finance challenge (www.MoMo4climate.org) for the ‘MoMo challenge Indonesia 2017’: a country wide competition of ideas how to attract private investment for mitigation or adaptation projects in Indonesia. The two most promising proposals of 2017 stand to win 25,000-Euro to further their business case.
MoMo4Climate is an initiative of IUCN Netherlands, ECN and the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs and was started to bring climate ideas and private climate finance together. The bridge to private finance is a good business case. The initiative tests the business cases presented with financial experts, offers advice and awards grant support to the most promising ideas.
See www.momo4climate.org for criteria and past winners.
Today the first of three calls is launched for climate ideas in Indonesia. The panel of experts will meet... Read more
€ 25.000 for the best climate business cases
The MoMo challenge 2017 has been launched! Also this year, organisations and companies that have an innovative business case focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country can compete to receive € 25.000 seed finance for further developing their business case. Project proposals can be submitted on-line through this link. This round closes on 1 April.
MoMo is looking for promising projects that fulfill the following criteria:
* The project is focused on the clean tech, food, agro, or water sector
* The project’s intervention is aimed at a developing country
* The project contains the involvement of at least one Dutch organization
* The project is realistic and actionable
* The project is concrete and has potential for up-scaling
The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls... Read more
Handelsmissie: Landbouw, Water, Energie & Logistiek naar Cotonou, Benin en Lomé, Togo 09-12 Mei 2017
Bent u een ondernemer en heeft u interesse in de Beninese & Togolese markt? Ga dan mee met een uitgaande missie naar die twee landen. De missie staat open voor partijen uit alle sectoren, maar heeft een focus op de sectoren landbouw, water, energie en agrologistiek.
SANEC organiseert deze missie in samenwerking met AFRIC, de Beninse Consulaat in Nederland, NAFTC-AFRICA, de Beninse en Togolese KvK’s en de Nederlandse Ambassade in Benin.
Deelname aan deze missie biedt Nederlandse bedrijven ingangen bij overheden en bedrijven in Benin en Togo, inzicht in de kansen en mogelijkheden in de markt en kennismaking met potentiële zakenpartners. Het programma bestaat o.a. uit individuele matchmaking, bezoeken aan bedrijven, organisaties en projecten in de desbetreffende sectoren, een seminar en een netwerkreceptie.
Benin & Togo zijn de stabielste landen in de We... Read more
Based on the success of previous training program editions on “Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa” conducted in both English and French, IFDC is proud to announce the seventh edition to be conducted in English in Accra, Ghana, May 15-19, 2017
Please feel free to pass this along to any colleagues that may be interested. Many thanks.
· Producer organizations and trade associations.
· Government officials dealing with formulating and implementing agricultural and trade policies.
· Service providers such as financial institutions, insurance companies, transporters, mobile phone services, ICT platform solutions, market information services, business development services, etc.
· Agribusinesses dealing with farmers: processors, exporters and importers, agro-dealers, etc.
· Representatives of national and international organizations involved in funding agricultural development and enterprise projects.
· Discuss the theo... Read more
The 2016 Agriculture Status Report has as its main objective to:
(i) highlight major trends in African agriculture, the drivers of those trends, and the emerging challenges that Africa’s food systems are facing in the 21st century;
(ii) identify policies and programs that can support the movement of Africa’s farming systems from subsistence-oriented towards more commercialized farming systems that can raise productivity, increase incomes, generate employment and contribute to economic growth;
(iii) identify areas that enable better targeting of investment resources to increase agriculture productivity;
(iv) identify the necessary conditions, appropriate technologies, and institutions that can propel and catalyze African agricultural transformation;
(v) examine the past and the present role of public and private sector investment in agriculture, and the success fact... Read more
Le 6 mars, NABC, RVO et WUR organiseront un atelier d'agro logistique sur le Nigeria et le Bénin. Cet atelier portera sur la question des pertes après récolte, des goulots d'étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur ainsi que sur les relations commerciales entre les deux pays. Le but est de découvrir comment la technologie et les solutions néerlandaises peuvent être mises en pratique ici, et si par une mission commerciale dans les deux pays, les membres du secteur privé hollandais seraient intéressés à s'impliquer. S'il vous plaît contacter Daan Vreeburg si vous êtes intéressé.Pour plus d'informations et d'inscription, suivez ce lien.
On March 6th, NABC, RVO, and WUR will be organising an Agro-logistics workshop concerning Nigeria and Benin. This workshop will focus on the issue of post-harvest losses, bottlenecks in the value chain as well as trade relations between the two countries. The goal is to discover how Dutch technology and solutions can be put in practice here, and w