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.
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... Read more
According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.
How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?
“Agriculture in African countries is massively under-funded”.
1. Financial inclusion and innovation in Agriculture· Inclusive investment
2. Value chain financing· Building competitive commercial Value Chains
3.Doing Successful Agribusiness in Africa· 1) Enabling farmers to think like business people 2) Important Business initiatives and skills
4.Public-private partnerships· 1) Source of le... Read more
Venue: Muhanga, 24-25 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... Read more
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... Read more
For the eighth time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event in Ruhango on 11-12 August 2016.
The aim of the two-day event was to bring together farmers from the Southern Province, finance service providers, agribusiness companies and Development partners operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction to address various burning issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including Access to Finance, Access to Market, and Information on quality inputs and equipment.
On a ground next to Umuco Hotel where this fair was held, it presented to the farmers, inspiring practical information & knowledge on access to finance & access to markets, in forms of exhibitions, dialogue and interactions. The exhibitors and numerous visitors met each other;.
During the 2 days, the fair brought together 24 exhibitors and attracted more than 2000 farmers who visited the... Read more
Experts and practitioners in rural and agriculture finance have committed to increase finance in the sector as the international conference on best practices in rural and agriculture concludes in Kigali.
Participants agreed to come up with best ways for access to finance, increase production and cutting down the cost of production in agriculture.
Closing the conference, Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda thanked participants for working hard to learn as much as possible. “Everyone should be eager to learn because everyone has something to do better than what they have been doing”.
The AgriFin webinar series offers agricultural financiers the opportunity to learn from their peers who share their innovations and practices related to delivering agricultural financing to their clients.
The full webinar schedule can be found here
Registration is now open for all webinars! To access detailed instructions on how to attend a webinar, click here.
AgriProFocus Rwanda in cooperation with IFDC, SPARK has organized a second Agri-Finance & Seed Fair in 2015. The event was held at UBWOROHERANE Stadium from 16-17 September 2015.
Over 800 people (farmers, bankers, exhibitors, etc.) attended this 2-day event and discussed the challenges in the Access to Agri-Finance. Given the mismatch between demand and supply for agri-finance, the fair was comprised of 3 main components: Market space, Forums/open discussions, Business Plan Competition, to improve Farmers’ Access to Finance.
In his opening remarks, The Vice-Mayor of Musanze District in charge of Economic Affairs, Mr. Musabyimana noted: ‘’This is a big opportunity for you farmers to meet, discuss and network with the financial institutions, hence use the suitable products.’’
The two-day event provided a forum on access to finance; established linkages between farmers, suppliers, and Financial... Read more
In bid to stem the rural urban migration, the Tanzanian government through the recently launched agriculture Bank ,Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank, TADB.
TABD wants to streghten growth in agriculture by helping farmers obtain improved seeds and fertilisers, access modern technology and learn better techniques to cope with the impact of climate change.
Farmers in Tanzania find it hard to access loans from commercial banks since the loan officers believes that agriculture is not viable and farmers will be unable to repay the loans. The Tanzania Bankers Association said that the agricultural sector does not at present generate sufficient income to repay loans, and that there is no efficient mechanism to enforce contracts between lenders and farmers.
This is will change with the new agriculture bank. According to the ministry of Agriculture, Food security and Cooperatives, the bank will work closely with financial institutions, including c... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing an Agri-Finance Fair Conferences which will take place on 25-26/08/2015, in Ngoma district; the farmers will come from all districts in Eastern Province.
The goal of the Agri-Finance Fair is to improve agribusiness development by facilitating an easy access to financial services & credit and business linkages.
It will be held during the PSF Fair which is supposed to take place from 21-31/08/2015 in Ngoma district.
The objectives of the event are:
- Facilitate Business to Business interactions and connections between different stakeholders.
- To improve the availability of affordable and accessible credit for agricultural value chain development;
- To bring together farmers and financial service providers for information sharing, dialogue and interaction and discuss measures to improve the market information system;
- To inform farmers on loan applications, collaterals needed best financial providers, etc.
- To incite different stakeholders... Read more
"There are two primary choices in life: To accept conditions as they are, or, accept the responsibility for changing them."
With this inspiring quote and the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, the Honorable Vincent Ssempijja, the Agri-finance Value Chains Workshop was officially opened on Wednesday the 1st of July.
This two day workshop, organized by VECO in collaboration with UCA & UNFFE, had as a goal to disseminate the findings of a commissioned study and share lessons learnt. The program included interesting presentations from HODFA (Hoima District Farmers Association), CARE-Uganda, Mateete SACCO, VECO, Trias and HDI (Hope Development Initiative) on the different models of financing they are using to help small holder farmers get access to credit. All participants also received a copy of the book, published by VECO, containing the results and findings of the conducted study.
The participants were able to ask questions and share their perspectives on the strengths and challeng... Read more
(Participation only by invitation!!!)
The workshop will be held at Grand Legacy Hotel
About the research
Early 2014, the Rural Finance group of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) took the initiative, in cooperation with AgriProFocus, to investigate financing of small producers and producer organizations in order to learn from, up-scale and replicate best practices. 14 projects financed by NpM members or AgriProFocus in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Mali, were selected for the innovative way in which access to finance was created for smallholders.
It is shown that collaboration with farmers’ organizations, cooperatives or informal farmer groups is of crucial importance to create access to finance smallholders in a sustainable manner. For this research, projects have selected that have been operating successfully for a number of years. The research proposal was drafted in consultation with Terrafina Microfinance, Agriterra, e-MFP, CGAP and the Wageningen University.
Funding for the stu... Read more
Agri-Hub Bénin Bénin organise la 2ème édition du salon agricole financier Agri-finance du 28 au 30 Janvier 2015 à la salle Majestic de Cadjehoun, après la réussite de la première édition.
Le salon agri-finance est une rencontre entre les producteurs et transformateurs agricoles et les institutions financières.
Le salon agri-finance, c’est trois (03) jours d’exposition, de conférence sur divers thèmes liés au financement du secteur agricole.
Le salon agri-finance, c’est aussi deux (02) grands Panels sur la problématique de financement du secteur agricole.
Le salon agri-finance, c’est enfin le dragon’s Den, une compétition de plans d’affaire.
Entrepreneurs du secteur agricole, porteurs de projets, Etudiants et autres acteurs du secteur agricole, ne ratez pas ce rendez-vous unique de partage sur la problématique de financement pour le monde agricole.
Prenez date 28, 29 et 30 Janvier 2015 à la salle Majestic de Cadjèhoun de 9h à 19h chaque jour.
Infoline... Read more