Finance

aug
20

The Kampala Innovations Week 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  20 August 2018 - 17:00 to 24 August 2018 - 20:00
  The Innovations Village, Ntinda

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The KIW are hosting a Kampala Innovation Week Kick off this evening at The Innovation Village. Come out and enjoy happy hour drinks and great conversation to conclude the first day of Kampala Innovation Week! This is a great way to mix and mingle with local entrepreneurs, artists, designers and innovators across Kampala. See you there! 

Visit http://www.kiw.ug/ for more information



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 hours ago

The Kampala Innovation Week 2018

The Kampala Innovation Week is an annual event set to bring together all the various key players from different sectors to celebrate re-focus and energize the innovation efforts in Uganda and across the region.

At the core of the Kampala Innovation Week, is the fundamental belief that innovation can be a transformational tool to solve the biggest challenges in the private, public, academia and civil society of Uganda.

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

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aug
30

Agri-Finance Fair and Market Linkages

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  30 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 - All Day Event
  KAYONZA DISTRICT

Improving Agribusiness!

In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”

Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).

The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at

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Posted By in Oikocredit International
Posted 9 August 2018 at 09:37

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report.

CSAF convenes 12 of the world's leading agricultural lenders, including Oikocredit, to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and develop industry standards. Its members aim to create a thriving, sustainable, and transparent market to serve the financing needs of agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2017, CSAF members issued loans totalling $716 million to 794 businesses. These loans connected 2.2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to local and international markets. CSAF’s State of the Sector report was developed in partnership with MIX with support from the Small Foundation.

Read the report or view the annual State of the Sector webinar to learn more about the evolving cr

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 2 August 2018 at 08:48

The power of Village Saving schemes through the eyes of a woman:

One woman's experience with VSLAs and a tale of how Ugandan farmers saved 300 Million UGX in one year


Agriculture is the largest provider of employment to the Ugandan workforce. It accounts for over 70% of the total labour force in Uganda, employing predominantly women (76%) and youth (63%) living in the rural areas (FAO, 2018). Farming however is largely subsistence and the majority of farmers face a variety of challenges; lack of: knowledge and skills, access to credit, information about what to produce and how to produce to earn more money and unpredictable prices, which are often low. 


Lending by financial institutions to the farmers is very minimal due to the high risks associated with farming and lack of collateral. This has forced many farmers to borrow from unscrupulous money lenders who lend at exorbitantly high interest rates.


The village savings and loan association (VSLA) scheme is a micro-finance model that was started by CARE to reduce

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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 Finance Worldwide
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:46

Oikocredit outperforms sector in microfinance outreach to women

Press release Oikocredit - 12 July 2018

Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017.

In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey1, which presents sector data for 2016.

Oikocredit also surpassed the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients in 2014, 2015 and 2016 when comparing year-on-year with the Symbiotics data for the same period2.

The latest report shows how Oikocredit used over € 980 million to finance almost 750 organisations in 2017, reaching 36 million financial inclusion clients and over half a million farmers.

Oikocredit also saw gains in its renewable energy indi

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Georges Djodji Akibode We are very proud of the formidable work did by  Oiko Credit, the partner and very active member of  AgriProFocus Mali. Her commitment as lead of the Agricultural Finance Fair is a real proof of her commitment to invest in the human. Thousands of women in Mali have benefited from the services of Oiko'Credit through farmers' organizations.

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jul
18

WEBINAR: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT IN SMALLHOLDER FINANCE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2018, 14:00-15:00
  web

RAF Learning Lab Partners, AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are committed to investing in women’s empowerment across smallholder and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Join this webinar to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.

https://www.raflearning.org/event/webinar-womens-empowerment-smallholder-finance-combining-social-and-business-goals-for-good



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 July 2018 at 03:05

Access to correct financial information would accelerate agribusiness in Kenya: Lessons From SNV partners Day

“Romance without Finance has no chance”  This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.


Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people 

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nov
01

Meru Farmers Fair 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  01 November 2018 to 03 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Kikatiti, Arusha

Meru Farmers Fair organized by a Farmers led platform JUWAME, ACT, Fert and AgriProFocus Tanzania will take place in November from 1st to 3rd. This edition of the fair will provide a platform for farmers and various service providers to meet learn and establish business linkages aimed at increasing the productivity of agriculture in Meru District.

The theme is: Sustainable Agriculture for the development of Industries.

More information will follow soon. Stay Tuned 

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Maonesho ya wakulima Meru yanaandaliwa na jukwaa la wakulima wa Meru (JUWAME), ACT, Fert na mtandao wa AgriProFocus Tanzania. Maonesho haya yatafanyika kuanzia tarehe 1-3 Novemba 2018. Awamu hin ya maonesho haya yanatazaniwa kuwakutanisha wakulima na atoa huduma mbalimbali wa kilimo na mifugo ili kuboresha uzalishaji wa kilimi wilayani Meru.

Kauli Mbinu: Kilimo Endelevu kwa maendeleo ya viwanda.

Taarifa zaidi zitafuata hivi karibuni. 

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nov
05

Global SME Finance Forum

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  05 November 2018 to 07 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Madrid, Spain

“Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs”

The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that contribute to improved access to financing for many micro, small and medium sized enterprises from around the world. Under the theme “Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs”, the forum will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services.

Furthermore, the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards - that recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their SME clients - will be announced during the event! The deadline for submission of nom

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sep
10

Impact Insurance Academy

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  10 September 2018 to 14 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Turin, Italy

A unique opportunity to learn from ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance!
International Training Centre of the ILO • Turin, Italy

The ILO’s Impact Insurance Academy is a unique opportunity to learn from the ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility.

By combining plenary sessions with specific electives by the choice of participants, participative activities, case studies and intensive discussions, the Academy offers a dynamic learning environment for participants and experts from all over the world to discuss ways of developing inclusive insurance.

Target audience

The Impact Insurance Academy targets mid-to senior-level insurance practitioners exploring and setting up inclusive insurance programmes in their organizations. Regulatory and supervisory authorities willing to support inclusive and responsible insurance in their countries are also invited to attend. The Academy is also tailored fo

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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 Business Opportunities
Posted 2 July 2018 at 03:30

CIFOR is looking for Senior Scientist, Value Chains, Finance and Investments

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Yaoundé, Cameroon, and Lima, Peru.

The primary responsibilities of this Senior Scientist position a

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 June 2018 at 08:46

World Bank calls for more funding to agriculture:

Government must improve public spending on agriculture, implement policies and regulations, build and strengthen the current institutions if the country is to realise its agricultural output potential, a new World Bank report has recommended.


The report titled “Closing the potential performance divide in Ugandan agriculture” says weak public institutions for promoting agricultural productivity at the level of small farms, inefficiencies in public expenditures and implementation of regulation and policies remain some of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural sector.


Launching the report in Kampala yesterday, the World Bank country manager, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo, said government must get its priorities right if the sector is to achieve the desired targets.


Ms Calvo said the issues of fake inputs, low investments in the agricultural sector and other challenges must be addressed. She called for a deliberate move for commercialisati

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Posted By in FINAGRI
Posted 18 June 2018 at 11:24

SALON DU FINANCEMENT  DE L'AGRICULTURE 2018:

21-22-23 Juin 2018 à l’hôtel du Cinquantenaire de Sikasso

Organisation des conférences thématiques (3 conférences thématiques d’une demi-journée chacune) liées aux questions brulantes du financement de l’Agriculture et sur des pratiques innovantes pour faciliter le financement de l’entreprenariat rural et la résilience Climatique

Entre 150 et  200 participants par conférence vont échanger sur les expériences de financement de l’agriculture au Mali, les innovations, le risque et la gestion de risque


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sep
25

Africa Agri-Finance Forum

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  25 September 2018, All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

Adopting Best for Inclusive Lending For the Agricultural Value Chain


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”.

Topics


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

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 22 May 2018 at 07:12

The loan that made me a thriving farmer:

When Mable Namubiru took out a bank loan of Shs25m, part of her plan was to go into agriculture. She wanted to supplement her income in the formal job as an environmental assessment officer at National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

Starting

With the money, she bought six acres of land in Kapeeka, Semuto, in Luwero District, located about 70 kilometres from Kampala. She planted eucalyptus trees on two and a half acres and a banana plantation on the same land size.

She set up a poultry project and planted vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, green pepper and eggplants on the remaining acre of land. Namubiru has been a farmer for two years and like many corporate employees, she has learnt the hard way. When she started out, she recounts managing her farm projects via the phone. This had its hard lessons, for example employees would call her and peddle lies of sick chicks just to get money from her. She would send mobile money.

She star

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Muhindo Nasani Kahuju True. The same happened on me in my goat farm were  I lost some young one like10 of them in 1 week but since I started attending to my farm, everything is at least now moving on well.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 May 2018 at 03:41

Debate about Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs shows need for capital and support services at different stages of business development


On May 15, four Dutch development partners invited European development partners in Brussels to present and discuss the outcomes of a joint study on the demand for and supply of risk capital for agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Sahara Africa with cases form Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia. The European Commission, Social Impact Funds, development partners and EU Platforms were present at the event hosted by the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.

The issue

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. The growth phase of the businesses determines the need for specific financial deals, type of financial products and business support services (BDS). However, both the private and th

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