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Thursday, April 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Social Lenders Join Forces to Develop Industry Standards, Best Practices for Smallholder Agricultural Finance

Source: CSAF

The alliance of social lending institutions, also referred to as impact-first agricultural lenders, was formally launched today at the 11th Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.
Friday, April 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Japanese microfinance fund seeks to assist small Peruvian farmers

Source: Global Post

A Japanese small-lot fund operator said Thursday it will launch a new fund with a credit cooperative in Peru to assist Peruvian small farmers, who lack access to financial services, to meet their daily farming needs.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — South Asia

State Bank of Pakistan Outlines 6-point Action Plan to Boost Agri Financing

Source: Daily Times Pakistan

The agenda includes launch of countrywide onternship programme for 100 top agri graduates, to be funded under the ADB’s Improving Access to Financial Services Endowment Fund.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Announcing a New Investment - KZ Noir

Source: Acumen Blog

KZ Noir exports fully and semi washed green coffee and has two roasted coffee brands.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Root Capital Highlights Business Case for Social, Environmental Due Diligence in Investment Decisions

Source: CSR Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 28 /CSRwire/ - Root Capital, a nonprofit agricultural lender, today released a new issue brief detailing the financial benefits linked to conducting due diligence on the social and environmental practices of its borrowers.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

More weather index insurance for African smallholder farmers

Source: African Capital Markets News

Weather insurance is a financial product aiming to help African farmers manage the volatility of drought and other weather crises. This week (14 Jan), IFC (www.ifc.org) signed 2 grant agreements with MicroEnsure Ltd to make more index-based weather insurance available to small-scale farmers in Rwanda and Zambia. Index-based insurance pays out on the basis of agreed weather data, such as rainfall as measured being lower than an agreed level, and is more efficient risk management tool than traditional indemnity-based agricultural insurance, which runs up high transaction costs and premiums.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Incofin Investment Management endorses need for agricultural finance by launching new $200 million agRIF fund

Source: Microfinance Gateway

Incofin Investment Management (IM) is seeking to raise around USD 200 million for its new agRIF fund which will focus on the unmet global demand for financial services that target smallholder farmers.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why mobile money can work in rural areas

Source: IT News Africa

Mobile money is an important means of facilitating the transfer of funds across rural areas in Africa, but services are often designed to function in a specific way – which might not be to the benefit of all who are making use of them.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can data-driven solutions change Africa’s agriculture sector?

Source: Devex

Despite accounting for 65 percent of the labor force and making up 32 percent of its gross domestic product, Africa’s agricultural sector gets less than one percent of commercial bank loans.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Sustainability Certification Dramatically Improves Smallholder Farms’ Access to Credit, New Study Finds

Source: Rainforest Alliance

Smallholder farmers suffer from a lack of credit access, but sustainability certification can help change that, according to a new study published by the Rainforest Alliance and funded by the Citi Foundation.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

USDA, TechnoServe Sign 3-Year, $15M Grant Supporting Cashew Farmers

Source: Press Release

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and TechnoServe intend to enter into a three-year grant agreement to support small-scale cashew producers, processing factories and the Government of Mozambique’s ongoing efforts to reduce poverty. This $15 million Food for Progress-funded project will support the cashew industry by harnessing global market demand for premium cashew kernel and addressing obstacles throughout the value chain, including in the areas of inputs, production, processing and marketing. In total, this project will support 30,000 smallholder cashew farmers by increasing their productivity and competitiveness as well as connecting them to new markets.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

TechnoServe and Nespresso partner to build a more sustainable coffee industry in East Africa

Source: Press Release

TechnoServe and Nespresso are launching a partnership in East Africa to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers while creating a more sustainable source of supply for Nespresso.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

G8 Alliance: Corporate boogeyman or vehicle to smallholder empowerment?

Source: Devex

Launched just over a year ago, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a global partnership formed by G8 governments, the private sector and African leaders with the goal of lifting 50 million people out of poverty by 2022. The combination of donor commitments, private sector investments and policy reforms by African governments are setting conditions for public-private partnerships to spark agriculture transformation.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 — Latin America

First Fund to Help Smallholder Farmers with Long-Term Loans

Source: Microfinance Focus

Incofin Investment Management, Fairtrade International (FLO) and Grameen Foundation will establish a ‘First Fund’ to focus on the unmet demand of smallholder farmers for long-term loans.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa: Boost for Agriculture

Source: allAfrica

The fight to secure food and income for millions of small holder farmers in eastern Africa, a region that experiences severe food shortages from time to time, is poised to get additional ammunition with the construction of a science research block by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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