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. 




Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  31 May 2017, 16:00-17:30
  Web based

SAVE the date! Webinar -Making Finance Work for Africa 

Agricultural Leasing: expanding access to finance for smallholders

DATE: 31 MAY 2017

TIME: 16:00 HRS

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? 

If  you are looking to have a better understanding of leasing and its relevance to growth in the African agriculture sector,  register here

The webinar will discuss agricultural leasing in Sub-Saharan Africa based on a recent study undertaken by Nat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 October 2016 at 05:53

Agribusiness can generate wealth for Kenya farmers

From tea farming in the central region to sugarcane farming in the Western Kenya region, livestock keeping in northern Kenya, maize farming in the north rift and fishing in the Indian Ocean, smallholder producers face more or less the same hurdles to wealth creation.

The good news is that opportunities exist to make farming, including the small-scale types, a profitable venture for anyone. One of the ways of bringing shine to the much neglected sector is by adopting sustainable agribusiness.

Agribusiness is a broad area and covers the entire spectrum of food production with multiple players along the value chain.

It includes farming, the supply of various inputs, distribution, processing, wholesale and retail sales, research and development, marketing and financing as well as the end product: the food on the plate of the consumer.

The key players in the value chain include the farmers, co-operatives, regulators, government agencies, research institutions, companies, business associations, financial institutions, multilateral bodies, civil society, and the academia.

Sustainable agriculture is not singularly fixated on the profit motive. It considers the socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts of various activities along the value chain.

It supports the local economy through knowledge transfer, job creation, supporting local enter

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How to Manage Risks in Financing Smallholder Investments?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 November 2016, 15:30-17:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

The third edition of NABC’s conference promises to be a prominent B2B platform which focuses on Africa’s growing economies, particularly in light of innovations developing in the financial sector. 

This year the theme is ‘Innovation in Finance’. With its unique resources and sheer size, Africa is now taking the lead in the development of inventive products and services that require smart, innovative, and practical financing solutions.

The AgriProFocus network will be present as well, hosting a workshop around “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations.” together with NpM and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The study “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations” by NpM, AgriProFocus and FBKP revealed that 1) risk management should be a common agenda, 2) access to finance relies not jus

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 August 2016 at 07:35

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.

The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.

The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with interes

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A Consultative Forum of Inclusive Finance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  28 July 2016, 08:00-13:00
  Amber Hotel, Nairobi

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Platform for Inclusive Finance – NpM are organising a half day consultative forum on Thursday, 28th July 2016. The forum aims to present key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus on inclusive finance. More importantly we would like to explore together drawing from your experiences working with producer organisations, how these findings can be explored to take up the opportunities of risk management in the agriculture sector. 

The forum aims to bring together actors including financial institutions and investors, insurance companies, processors and other market actors - retail, producer organisations, and development partners.

To view the report,  click here and here for a summarised version. More information about NpM can be found on



NpM Annual Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 September 2015, 12:00-18:00
  Korzo Theater, The Hague


NpM Annual Conference, with FMO and Hivos

Green Inclusive Finance: "Extending the Impact of Investing"

FMO, Hivos and NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, cordially invite you to join the Green Inclusive Finance Conference: Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 Korzo Theater, The Hague

Both financial and environmental sustainability are listed high on the world’s agenda. Green inclusive finance combines financial inclusion with environmental sustainability. It extends the focus to providing access to finance in which businesses and investments are not only financially empowering but also environmentally sustainable. We are delighted to present to you the conference programme: 

 12:00 – 13:00 Registration, Pre-Conference Experience & Lunch 

 13:00 – 13:10 Opening by Nanno Kleiterp, Chief Executive Officer at FMO 

 13:10 – 13:40 Setting the stage for innovative, inclusive finance 

 13:40 – 14

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 18 May 2015 at 11:22

Research: Financing of African smallholder farmers offers solutions for worldwide food security

The Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) have investigated the bottlenecks that exist to finance smallholder farmers. The research provides insight into how food production systems work and how they can be strengthened with improved financial services. The research report, which was published on May 13, 2015, shows that linking financial institutions and producer organizations together offers new finance opportunities because risks are reduced.

‘It is known worldwide that the lack of access to financial services is an obstacle for farmers to produce food for the local market. The potential of smallholder farmers, especially in Africa, plays an important role in increasing local food security,’ says Josien Sluijs, director of NpM. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, also states that financ

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