Access to finance

Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 14 November 2018 at 08:12

Farmers advised to embrace contract farming: 

The Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda Louis Kasekende has advised Ugandan farmers to adopt contract farming system which he says can easily help them to get connected to agricultural produce buyers.

Kasekende said farmers are not accessing the market for their produce because they are not connected to bulky buyers such as brewing companies, seed companies among others that need agricultural produces as raw material.

“Farmers need to embrace contract farming if they are to access market both internally and regionally. Farmers will be forced to transform from peasantry to commercial farming because they are sure of the market,” Kasekende said.

Kasekende made the remarks during the Agriculture Financing for African Agriculture Master Class Conference organized by Uganda Agribusiness Alliance in collaboration with other agencies such as Uganda Bankers Association and African Union at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Contract farming can be defined as agricultural p

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Posted By in Access to Finance Rwanda
Posted 26 October 2018 at 10:55

The 10th Agrifinance Fair and Market linkage event-REPORT!

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

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Bernard BAYASESE This is Great!!

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Bosco KWIZERA Thank you for sharing the report with us!The fair was very insightful!!

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Posted By in Access to Finance Rwanda
Posted 11 September 2018 at 02:45

The 10th edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ event

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

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 27 August 2018 at 07:47

Ghana Launches ICT Innovation Project To Promote Digital Entrepreneurship

Ghana has launched an ICT Innovation Project tailored to nurture startups, promote digital entrepreneurship and create jobs for youths in the country. The initiative, under eTransform Ghana, comprises a Mobile Applications Laboratory (mLab) and an Innovation Hub (iHub). Read more HERE.

The Ministry of Communications – the supervising body for the entirety of the project, will establish a Board to dogwatch the operations of the mLab and iHub, which are expected to be up and ready for operations in a matter of weeks. The mLab is being implemented by an Innohub and Kumasi Hive as joint ventures while the iHub is being implemented by MDF West Africa, Ghana Technology University and BlueSpace as joint ventures.

That there is something to nurture do proof the three Startups from Ghana that were selected for DEMO Africa Innovation Tour. One of the start-ups is Complete Farmer. It will compete wit start-ups from Nigeria and Ivory

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Susanne Roelofsen Hello Rolf, Thanks for posting about this. I work for MDF West Africa as the project manager for the Ghana Innovation Hub (as iHub will be called). The hub will be operational as of October 1st in the Accra Digital Center. If anyone is interested in continuing the conversation, please contact me at sro@mdf.nl. Best,Susanne

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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 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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Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 6 July 2018 at 12:18

The Dutch banks: Rabobank, ABN AMRO and ING-Bank developed Circular Economy Finance Guidelines

July 2018

The transition towards a circular economy is expected to generate multiple economic, social and environmental benefits. Financiers play an important role in accelerating this transition by facilitating finance for businesses and projects applying circular economy business models.

In December 2014 the FinanCE working group was founded by PGGM and brought together a group of organizations related to the world of finance that were interested in the transition to a more circular economy. The group was supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

For this publication the FinanCE members ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank sought active support and feedback from all FinanCE Working Group Members. The overarching goal is to create and stimulate a common understanding of circular economy finance.

This common understanding will accelerate financing and investing in c

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 2 July 2018 at 10:29

CHECK OUT THE European-MicroFinance Platform SUMMER 2018 NEWSLETTER

Jul 02, 2018

The e-MFP Summer 2018 Newsletter is now out with: 

* Update on the call for applications for the €100,000 European Microfinance Award on Financial Inclusion Through Technology; 

* Past Awards revisited; 

* Offsite Session - our joint event with the Financial Inclusion Forum UK; 

* Save the Date for European Microfinance Week 2018; 

* What Role can Microfinance Play in Increasing Access to Affordable Clean Energy?; 

* Focus on the Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility in Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA); 

* 100 Smart Certifications - a Milestone for Responsible Inclusive Finance; 

* A look at the new study 'Critical Capital for African Agri-food SMEs'; 

* Updates from our Action Groups 

* plus all the latest news and activities from e-MFP and its members complete the edition.

Read the online version here

Read the pdf here

Posted By in Access to Finance Indonesia
Posted 29 June 2018 at 01:09

Request for proposals: "Moving to holistic risk management"

Impact Insurance - ILO

The ILO’s Social Finance Programme is inviting proposals from financial institutions in Indonesia and the Philippines that aim to implement an integrated risk-management solution for low-income households and/or small enterprises. The objective is to test risk-management solutions that combine savings, credit, insurance, and risk prevention. The ILO seeks partners for whom improving customers’ ability to manage risks is a strategic priority and who have the potential to leverage technology to scale the innovations quickly and achieve sustainability, while improving customers and shareholder value.

What themes should the proposals focus on?

We are looking for partners that are interested in implementing innovations in the following areas:

Bundling a range of financial services that improve consumers’ ability to manage risk

Developing risk management solutions that supplement existing social pro

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 25 June 2018 at 01:37

Women’s Financial Inclusion: Are Funders Moving the Needle?

CGAP - Estelle LahayeOlga TomilovaEdlira Dashi - 19 June 2018


Interesting article by CGAP about a recent survey which shows that a/o funders are prioritizing countries where women are more financially excluded and that funder support has not resulted in much progress in addressing the gender gap. And quoting a blog post by Mayada El-Zoghbi suggesting that perhaps the financial inclusion community has prioritized the wrong barriers. Access to credit may be a need for many women, but funders encouraging FSPs to offer this service may just not be the answer. There are other reasons why women remain financially excluded, such as social and cultural norms, as well as policy and regulation. It is perhaps time for funders to also focus on these issues to achieve meaningful progress.

For the full CGAP article follow this link

For the blog post by Mayada El-Zoghbi follow this link


Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 25 June 2018 at 01:28

Digitizing Agricultural Payments: Uganda's Coffee Value Chain

CGAP - Amani M’BaleRashmi PillaiNathan Were - 19 June 2018

Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and agricultural firms that are interested in digitizing agricultural value chains. 

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 25 June 2018 at 10:58

Building Inclusive Payment Ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana

CGAP - Max Mattern & Claudia McKay - 20 June 2018

Digital financial services are transforming the world's financial sectors. At the heart of this transformation is the rise of digital payments services like mobile money, through which nearly any individual or business can send or receive money in real time for almost any purpose and from nearly anywhere in the country - an inclusive payment ecosystem. While much has been written about the success of mobile money in Kenya, little is known about other African countries' experiences. What lessons do these markets hold for other countries seeking to build inclusive payments ecosystems? In a new publication, CGAP follows the journeys of Tanzania, where 60 percent of adults have used mobile money in the past year, and Ghana, which is today one of Africa's fastest growing mobile money markets. READ MORE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 June 2018 at 07:28

Results Critical Capital workshop

During Foodfirst Conference - 1st June - at Rabobank Utrecht  


Now that we better understand the issues: what needs to be done by who?  


Organised by: AgriProFocus, ICCO, Rabobank Foundation

Frank Bakx (Rabobank Foundation) presented the results of the study Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs that reviewed demand and supply of risk capital for agrifood SMEs in Sub-Sahara Africa, based on field studies in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Mali

Panellists:

Hans Docter: Director for Sustainable Economic Development at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Laura Smeets: Investment Director at BiD Network Foundation

Jaap Jan Verboom : CEO at Truvalu

Sean Patrick: Founder and Food Innovator at Green Banana

REPORT

Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. Private equity and venture capital provider

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Masterclass Access2Finance Livestock sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 June 2018 to 29 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Barneveld, The Netherlands

Aeres Trainingcentre has this masterclass in June 2018. This Masterclass is intended for (Financial) Managers and trainers / advisors of medium-sized companies active in the livestock sector in emerging economies. These could be livestock production companies, food processors, feed companies and others active in the livestock input supply and services sector.

Masterclass Access2Finance for livestock sector

Innovations and development of companies in the livestock sector are slowed down due to the fact that the financial and economic aspects of the technical and operational improvements are not adequately addressed. Investments in new facilities and production improvements require a thorough assessment of the financial viability and economic feasibility before these can be approved and implemented.

Attracting loans and/or equity for businesses in the livestock sector requires a detailed understanding of the markets, economic, financial and operational aspects of the proposed investments. Investors req

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Posted By in Access to Finance Indonesia
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:05

Study on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance in Indonesia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia just released a report titled “Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance: Challenges and Opportunities of Women-led Social Enterprises in Indonesia”. It was produced in partnership with Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN) and financially supported by the Government of Canada.

Investing in women entrepreneurs has been a hot topic over the past few years due to its win-win outcome; not only in social context but also from the economics point of view. Aligned with recent study on women entrepreneurs by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which found that the repayment rate of women entrepreneurs is better, our recent study revealed that women entrepreneurs we interviewed do not have any difficulty in repaying loan; in fact they are more proactive and cultivate closer relationships with their financial b

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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 Thank you.

1 year 2 months ago

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

1 year 2 months 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.

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ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello

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ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello van  how  can you  help the Rwandan  exporters  to go to Benin and explore the new market  around the word as expert . please help me .be blessed

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 April 2017 at 05:05

Affordability & Financing Models for the Smallholder Market

A playbook for enabling smallholder farmer customer uptake of products and services

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&nbsp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 22 February 2017 at 04:07

Akses Pembiayaan

Resiko dan Pembiayaan di Sektor Kopi: Bagaimana Meningkatkan Manajemen Resiko dan Akes Pembiayaan di Sektor Kopi

Laporan ini menampilkan berbagai program dan mekanisme mengelola resiko, dengan fokus di inovasi untuk meningkatkan akses pembiayaan. Laporan ini bertujuan meningkatkan kesadaran resiko dan dampaknya pada pelaku berbeda di tahap yang berbeda di rantai nilai kopi. Laporan menyoroti kebutuhan kolaborasi antar semua pelaku dalam sektor kopi, baik secara nasional maupun global, dan memaparkan kesempatan potensial untuk mengingkatkan manajemen resiko dan akses pembiayaan secara koordinatif. Dua kasus final dalam laporan ini menunjukan siklus untuk meningkatakan manajemen resiko yang menyebabkan mengingkatnya akses ke pembiayaan. Pada akhirnya, terjadi siklus yang membuat manajemen resiko lebih berkembang ke tahap selanjutnya.

Baca selengkapnya di http://www.ico.org/WorldBankCompendium_e.asp

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Access to Finance

Risk and Finance in the Coffee Sector: How to Improve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 13 December 2016 at 10:52

New Report:  Moving the Needle: Critical Success Factors for Scaling Asset Finance 

Asset financing has emerged as a promising new model for agricultural finance attracting a growing number of investors to the sector. However, small agribusinesses in developing countries still face significant challenges accessing investment capital, including unrealistically high collateral requirements and unaffordable interest rates. With traditional financial institutions providing less than a sixth of the $200 billion required to fund smallholder agribusiness globally, how can small agribusinesses ensure they are best positioned to attract investment and financing? Moving the Needle: Critical Success Factors for Scaling Asset Finance outlines the factors critical for success. 

To access the full report developed by !nspiraFarms - http://www.inspirafarms.com/articles-publications/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 15 November 2016 at 03:50

Access to Finance for Businesses in Myanmar: A Constraints Analysis


Last year, the Dutch NGO SPARK commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the main restrictions to getting access to finance in Myanmar. This policy-oriented document aims to: i) identify the main constraints that entrepreneurs and companies face when seeking to access finance in Myanmar; ii) give an indication of the adverse impact that stems from these constraints; iii) where pertinent, suggest how other transitional and developing economies have sought to address this issue; and iv) offer some recommendations as to how these constraints could be addressed by policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The report focusses on general principles of finance provision, current debt finance constraints in Myanmar and emerging non-debt financing constraints. Please find the full report by clicking the link below. 


Karina Ufert Thank you for posting Bente! The report is also available in Myanmar language, if anyone interested. Cheers, Karina

2 years 3 days ago

Bente Meindertsma Thank Karina, it would be great if you could share the Myanmar version on the platform or with me directly. Best, Bente

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