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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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.
AgDevCo SDU photo
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.
Going far, together
Analysis: Part 2 of ISF's and RAF Learning Lab's Pulse series shares insights and trends on progressive partnerships across sectors and at the last mile in the rural and smallholder finance sector.
Better together cover page
Media: On February 28 and March 1 the RAF Learning Lab team – in collaboration with Dalberg – hosted a webinar summarizing insights from our second Learning Brief, Better together: Last mile partnerships for smallholder finance.
Learning brief 2
Analysis: The second in the Lab's Learning Brief series, "Better together: Last mile business partnerships for smallholder finance,"* offers baseline insights for building or enabling businesses partnerships to better serve smallholders. These are early findings from an ongoing study of four value chain/technology players looking to partner with financial institutions.
Report: Smallholder farmers are in need of inputs such as fertilizers, improved seeds and planting material, and access to finance, delivered in a stable and cost efficient system. Insights from a new report, published by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, enable service providers to create these cost-effective and scalable solutions, empowering smallholders to grow and sustain their businesses.
Analysis: The thirteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, explores the latest practices from the climate finance community and the agricultural finance community to understand how new combined models can boost returns and attract new investors.
Analysis: The Learning Lab recently supported research by the MIX on detailed 2015 lending data from leading social lenders, who make up the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF). The findings were summarized in the 2015 CSAF annual report, which takes a deeper look into the current state of the sector through the lens of donors, investors, and lenders. Dan Zook, Director of Investments at the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF), unpacks some of the key highlights from the report, many of which corroborate and illustrate major insights from our study, Inflection Point.
Report: Root Capital releases a new learning report on financing farm renovation. This report explains how a blend of capital can help build resilience against a dwindling supply and rising demand in commodities such as coffee, cacao, and tea.
Analysis: Recently, an increasing number of food and agribusiness multinational enterprises (F&A MNEs) are recognizing the economic potential of smallholder inclusion in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 2016 report, "Critical Success Factors for Smallholder Inclusion in High Value-Adding Supply Chains by F&A MNEs", carefully outlines key opportunities to engage smallholders in tight global value chains.
Report: The 2015 international FGDA conference, "Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers”, brought together industry experts from MFIs and agricultural finance providers to exchange ideas and share best practices to close the financing gap for smallholder farmers.

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.