10 Feb 2020
Learning Lab, Fund for Rural Prosperity
Ibero Uganda Coffee Bag

The 20/20 blog series, jointly authored by the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) and Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab), shares learnings and insights from the FRP portfolio of challenge fund winners. FRP supports businesses that are developing new products, services, or processes that can increase access to finance for rural people in sub-Saharan Africa. The second blog in the series explores lessons from Ibero Uganda.

Ibero Uganda is part of the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe based in Hamburg, Germany. Ibero Uganda exports quality Ugandan coffees, with warehouses and processing facilities in Kampala and out-stations in all major coffee-producing regions of Uganda. Ibero provides farmers with an ecosystem of complementary services including access to agronomic training, inputs, and markets. In 2017, Ibero was awarded US$1 million by the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity to set up a Farmer Services Unit (FSU) within its trading operation to provide inputs and loans (a fertilizer advance and a cash advance) to smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda.

10 Dec 2019
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors, The Feed the Future Initiative
Pathways to Prosperity

Explore insights from our 2019 State of the Sector report with ISF Advisors

How has the rural and agricultural finance sector evolved over the past three years?

The last three years have seen a rapid acceleration in technology-driven innovation, which has powered changes in existing rural finance models, enabled providers to develop new service delivery models, and facilitated the bundling of services in new ways. We have also seen a more diverse influx of service and capital providers, which has reshaped the market.

But despite this progress, there remains a large, persistent gap in smallholder and agricultural SME finance. 

Our new Pathways to Prosperity report presents new, dynamic frameworks for accelerating progress towards closing the $170 billion smallholder financing gap and achieving inclusive rural transformation.

Click here to explore the report.

09 Dec 2019
Root Capital

This blog post is the second in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures and manages the impact of their lending. Read part one here