Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 19 December 2017 at 11:22

Do you experience late payments from your clients? Does this cause working capital problems in your company and hence destabilize your cash flow?

Do not worry anymore, at Benefactors Ltd we specialize in offering solutions to that. We help you grow your business without being hindered by lack of working capital.

Call Us at; +250 780483649, E: W:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 December 2017 at 08:55

3 Things  Every Business Need To Learn;

1.  Stabilize their cash flow

2. Grow without being hindered by lack of working capital

3. Finance your business without a loan

At Benefactors Ltd, a Rwandan financial company,  we specialize in offering solutions to all of these. Get in touch with us: E:  W: Phone: +250780483649

Paul Kagame Mucyo Thank you Thacien... 

1 month 5 days ago

Richard James Onyai Can Ugandans also benefit from the scheme?

3 weeks 2 days ago

Paul Kagame Mucyo Hello Richard, yes, if your customers are in Rwanda... 

2 weeks 5 days ago

Richard James Onyai Paul, I am a farmer.  To benefit from the scheme, I have to order goods from a Rwandese company, right?

1 week 4 days ago

Paul Kagame Mucyo Richard, can you please visit for more

1 week 4 days ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 December 2017 at 08:27

Women’s World Banking; Best Practices in Serving Low-Income Women

With support from the Metlife Foundation, Women’s World Banking documented best practices in serving low-income women profitably and sustainable. Debuted at the Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, these four best practices are based on our experiences working with three institutions: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (India), Compartamos Banco (Mexico) and Lead Foundation (Egypt). WWWB shares these practices with the industry to enable more financial institutions to serve low-income women and help accelerate financial inclusion for low-income women around the world. The best practices with catchy lessons learned can be found via this link . They are organised according to the following key topics:

  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Customer Centricity
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Data Collection

Do  not forget to Watch this video on YouTube summarizing the main lesson

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Waow!Nice article, happy to see sustainability of relevant projects in many developing countries! Thanks for sharing Angelica Senders!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Angelica, interesting to see there is a process to find better financial services, that work for women. The video misses a 'gender' perspective however, unfortunately.

1 month 2 weeks ago


Short course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018 to 05 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 2 December 2017 at 03:25

Countrywide study on agricultural financing, Potato Platform launched in Uganda. Agribusiness incubation highlighted as means for job creation and technology commercialisation

Details here:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2017 at 11:24

Thanks to the just concluded AgriProFocus Uganda training of youth in Agriculture on financial access at SNV,  because our group is now registering as a company to enjoy the many financial opportunities that we were opened-up to. BIG UP.

Janine Schoeman Dear Ambrose, thank you for sharing this positive feedback. Congratulations on the registration! Good luck with your endeavors. 

2 months 2 days ago

ambrose kamya We are r'lly grateful Janine. We just request that Agri Pro Focus gives us alot more of this.

2 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 14 November 2017 at 12:47


Des filières agricoles favorables à tous

Dans un contexte de densité croissante, de forte demande de terres agricoles, le bureau de la Coopération Suisse Grands Lacs au Rwanda a financé Oxfam pour exécuter un projet de protection et moyens de subsistance dans le Territoire de Masisi. A titre d’exemples les filières porteuses sont le haricot, l’arachide, le taro et la pomme de terre y ont fait leurs preuves.

Appuyés par Oxfam, à travers le Projet "Protection et moyens de subsistance", exécuté par la Fédération des organisation des producteurs agricoles du Congo (FOPAC/Nord-Kivu), 1800 producteurs (membres des communautés de Kaanja et Burora, Nyabyondo, Bukombo, Loashi-Mukohwa, Lushebere, Bihambwe et Matanda ciblées par le projet) peuvent mettre à la disposition des consommateurs, en moyenne 422 tonnes de haricots, 1442 tonnes de pommes de terre, 2 144 tonnes de taro et 252 tonnes d’arachides par saison culturale", lisons-nous dans le rapport de l’étud

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 7 November 2017 at 08:51

Hi everyone, I'm really glad and also excited for joining this network. I'm Dharma, and currently as CEO Vestifarm. We're helping farmers to get capital from investors in the city through a digital platform. We're now one of the most-hyped agriculture investment platform with thousands of investors looking for agriculture project that can be invested every month. I'm hoping to collaborate with anyone of you who are willing to foster agriculture sector in Indonesia. Nice to see you all

Dharma Anjarrahman Thanks for the warm welcoming Janine Schoeman & Maula Paramitha Wulandaru :) I'm very interested with your platform, because i believe it is very improtant to keep the agriculture ecosystem being connected to each other. I still learn myself to use your platform. Does Agri Pro Focus have some community empowerment programs specifically to farmers? We are very happy and open for farmers if they need some funding to scale-up their project. And are you open for some coffee meeting? just for keeping in touch. Thanks in advance :)

2 months 2 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Coffee talk would be nice, you are very welcome to stop by to our office in Jl Kemang Selatan XII No.1 (Hivos office) or we could arrange it in Kuningan as well. I will email you.Regarding the direct program to farmers, we have some members who done that in several commodities like coffee, pig, palm sugar, cattle and horticulture. We also have young farmers too.. I believe your business will match to them.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Agus Riyanto Hi Dharma AnjarrahmanThanks for introduction your self, I am Agus riyanto and nice to meet you here, base on your info,  i already send to your email : opportunity in agricultural business, hope you can check and feedback. :)

2 months 1 week ago

Dharma Anjarrahman Thanks for the email Agus Riyanto, very well-received and it's on our review. We will reply and attach our feedback to you soon. :)

2 months 1 week ago

Agus Riyanto Thank Dharma Anjarrahman for your willingness to review my proposal, hope can match with your platform and or your future vision.  

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 October 2017 at 10:13

Financing Women Farmers:
The need to increase and redirect agriculture & climate adaptation resources

Oxfam analysis finds that governments and donors are failing to provide women farmers with relevant and adequate support for farming and adapting to climate change. Oxfam conducted research on government and donor investments in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania. It found that funding in these countries is significantly lower than commitments that have been made, and there is little evidence of resources and technical assistance reaching women farmers. Resources are being diverted to priorities other than smallholder farmers, and for the most part governments lack the capacity to deliver funding to them. This paper presents the findings along with recommendations for governments.

Author: Pearl-Martinez, Rebecca
Publication date: 13 Oct 2017
Publisher: Oxfam

You can download the paper and summary of the paper here. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 October 2017 at 09:04

Applications Open for MasterCard Foundation’s Fund for Rural Prosperity 2017 Competition!

Deadline: 30 November 2017

Is your business working to scale up a financial product or service to transform more lives in Africa? If yes, then apply for the MasterCard Foundation’s Fund for Rural Prosperity Competition.

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) is seeking applications for the third collection period of its 2017 Competition to support innovative financial products, services or processes from organizations that will design, pilot and test new ideas, as well as those that aim to expand proven ideas into new geographies or a new customer segment in rural and agricultural areas.

Applications made to the 2017 Rolling Competition should be for support of between US$250,000 and US$2,500,000.

For more information visit; Fund for rural prosperity

Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi,

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

  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


  • 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;

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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.

4 months 2 weeks ago

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

4 months 1 week 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.

4 months 1 week ago


1 week 5 days ago

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

1 week 5 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

4 months 6 days 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!

4 months 6 days ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA You are welcome , we keep in touch

4 months 6 days 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.

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


(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.


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


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: noter que la recherche peut se faire en français. même si l'offre est en anglais. 


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 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.

5 months 2 weeks ago

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?

6 months 3 days ago

Akibodé Djodji

in Mali this formidable work was restored by


6 months 3 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        MERCI, on est ensemble

6 months 3 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.

6 months 18 hours ago

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

6 months 16 hours ago