Smart subsidy

Well-designed and targeted support of the market by funders, including the public sector, blending capital with private investment to increase the total flow of capital to smallholder finance.  Can target cost or risks faced by the private sector and be catalytic, designed to jumpstart a self-sustaining market by overcoming an initial hurdle, or ongoing, as in the case of public sector guarantees and insurance premium support seen in industrialized countries.

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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.
Ag leasing
Analysis: New research from Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) and Nathan Associates highlights agricultural lease finance as a way to expand access to finance for smallholders, allowing for greater mechanization of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. This blog summarizes some of the key opportunities and barriers to uptake and usage of lease finance - concluding with the recommendation of a potential fund that would help share the initial costs of agricultural equipment.
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: In partnership with the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, we at the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab are excited to announce the release of our newest landmark study, Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance.

Smart subsidy

Well-designed and targeted support of the market by funders, including the public sector, blending capital with private investment to increase the total flow of capital to smallholder finance.  Can target cost or risks faced by the private sector and be catalytic, designed to jumpstart a self-sustaining market by overcoming an initial hurdle, or ongoing, as in the case of public sector guarantees and insurance premium support seen in industrialized countries.