Agribusinesses (value chain actors)

This topic covers the the role of value chain actors (agribusinesses/agro-enterprises) as providers or channels of finance to smallholder farmers, and models/experiences of value chain finance.  The FAO broadly defines agricultural value chain financing as any financial services flowing to or through a value chain to address the needs and constraints of those involved in that chain. Common examples include input-supplier finance, off-taker or outgrower finance, and warehouse receipts; and accounts receivable (trade) finance for cooperatives.

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Analysis: This paper explores why it’s been difficult to generate VC-level returns in agriculture, and some solutions that show promise.
Report: Utilizing e-commerce in agriculture offers several benefits, including improved income for farmers and fresher produce for customers. In developing economies where agriculture is often an outsized contributor to GDP, these benefits could be especially impactful.
Tool: Download the materials below, including presentation slides, the webinar recording, to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.
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Spotlight: Each year, more than 10 million young people across Africa enter the job market, competing for just three million formal jobs. As the continent’s youth population swells steadily towards a projected total of 800 million by 2050, this demographic crisis will intensify even further.
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Spotlight: Women comprise approximately 50% of the labor force in sub-Saharan Africa but are less likely to participate in agribusinesses’ outgrower schemes than men. As a result, women lose out on opportunities for increasing their income and economic empowerment – and agribusinesses miss opportunities for increasing productivity, product quality, and stability in their supply chain.
Smallholder finance
Analysis: Part 6 of the Pulse series highlights early learnings around the smallholder finance enabling environment and makes recommendations for future research.
Fund landscape
Analysis: The fifteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance interrogate how different impact-oriented agribusiness funds combine public and private capital to build a more inclusive agricultural market.
Fund landscape
Analysis: Part 3 of ISF's and RAF Learning Lab's Pulse series shares a fund manager's perspective on inclusive agribusiness and fund management.
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Report: In Africa, where agricultural production remains far below potential, companies are working with smallholder farmers to raise crop yields, open up new market opportunities, and strengthen rural economies. In a new case study, AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit features six examples of outgrower schemes that are delivering results.

Agribusinesses (value chain actors)

This topic covers the the role of value chain actors (agribusinesses/agro-enterprises) as providers or channels of finance to smallholder farmers, and models/experiences of value chain finance.  The FAO broadly defines agricultural value chain financing as any financial services flowing to or through a value chain to address the needs and constraints of those involved in that chain. Common examples include input-supplier finance, off-taker or outgrower finance, and warehouse receipts; and accounts receivable (trade) finance for cooperatives.