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July 17, 2019Knowledge Portal
Empowering youth to engage in responsible investment in agricultural and food systems: Challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from six African countries

This report aims to enhance understanding on the main challenges and opportunities to empower youth to carry out and benefit from responible agricultural investment by giving voice to young farmers, agri-entrepreneurs and workers. Enhancing the inclusiveness and efficiency of policy processes was one of the main priorities. In particular the need to encourage and strengthen the participation of youth in coordination mechanisms. »

New AgTech funds database
May 29, 2019News
New AgTech funds database

A new comprehensive database of funds providing capital for AgTech companies is available on the new website of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance. The tool is based on the study “Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs” and the list is expanded to include all of Africa and some Asian countries. »

May 20, 2019Knowledge Portal
Redefining finance for agriculture: Green agricultural credit for smallholders in Peru

This report helps identify gaps and opportunities to support and scale up green agriculture, smallholder agriculture and financial inclusion. Farmers agree that the financial sector could be a critical enabler of the shift to sustainable agriculture if provided credit that responded to the needs of farmers. The financial institutions were interested in using credit as a tool to incentivise sustainable agriculture. »

March 29, 2019Knowledge Portal
Access to rural credit markets in developing countries, the case of Vietnam: A literature review

This article focuses on the characteristics of rural credit markets, the determinants of farmer access to markets, the socio-economic impacts of credit access in Vietnam and comparing those of some developing countries. Although positive relationship among credit access, output production, productive efficiency, and total household income are found in most papers; credit also has positively significant impacts on only non-farm income. »

March 6, 2019Knowledge Portal
Crop receipts: A new financing instrument for Africa

This study aims to enhance knowledge about Crop Receipts (CRs) and provide guidance to stakeholders engaged in agricultural finance in Africa on how CRs might be adapted for and introduced in Africa. A CR is a bond issued by a farmer or farmer organization to deliver a certain amount of farm produce (crop or livestock) or the cash equivalent thereof at a future date. »

Successful knowledge exchange organized by Ethiopian Sesame Business Network
February 14, 2019Knowledge activity
Successful knowledge exchange organized by Ethiopian Sesame Business Network
Theme: Inclusive Business

How can we optimize the volume and quality of sesame production in North-Western Ethiopia? And what can we learn from other sesame-producing countries? Armed with these questions, Staff from the Sesame Business Network (SBN) – a project co-coordinated by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation – travelled in three separate groups to Tanzania, Uganda and India in 2018. »