20 Nov 2014
ISF Advisors
Multiple farmers working in single field

The seventh briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance categorizes and characterizes the different kinds of agricultural technical assistance in operation in developing countries around the world.

Technical assistance programs can be highly effective in helping smallholder farmers improve their agronomic skills, business and financial skills, and access to markets – but currently only $8 billion is spent on such programs each year, or an average of $18.66 per farmer.

A skewed allocation of funding across farmer segments leaves some farmers better served than others.

The research will guide funders and other stakeholders on how to demarcate different technical assistance markets and understand the respective challenges and opportunities of each. These markets include the public sector extension market, the donor and corporate-funded value chain development market, the financial services advisory market, and the public administration strengthening market.

 

08 Oct 2014
ISF Advisors

This briefing is the sixth in a series by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance featuring an overview of how finance providers currently offer direct-to-farmer finance.

Globally, over 150 finance providers currently offer direct-to-farmer finance. These providers use a range of approaches to address core challenges associated with lending directly to these smallholders, but their lending activities still remain small in scale when compared to the vast demand for smallholder finance.

Closing this gap will require additional learning, knowledge sharing and blending of distinct approaches, and continued development and testing of innovative products and services.

 

23 Jun 2014
ISF Advisors

The fifth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance examines current lending practices among social lenders, considers the future trajectory of the sector, and highlights opportunities for investors and funders to support the sector’s future growth.

Drawing on a groundbreaking aggregate analysis of leading social lenders’ lending portfolios and metrics, this briefing note from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance examines current lending practices among social lenders, considers the future trajectory of the sector, and highlights opportunities for investors and funders to support the sector’s future growth.

Social lenders focus on addressing the significant smallholder agricultural finance gap by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses in low- and middle-income countries. In collaboration with technical assistance providers and global buyers, social lenders work to strengthen clients and allow them to access more finance and reach additional smallholder producers.

The social lending sector is an attractive opportunity for investors and funders to increase finance access for smallholder farmers and businesses that aggregate producers.