We work to unlock the financing that value chain actors need to make investments in productivity, post-harvest systems, and mechanization. On the demand side, we focus on improving farmers’ financial literacy and strengthening the technical and business skills of producer organizations. On the supply side, we support the design, deployment, and scale of financial products and motivate financial institutions to engage in agriculture by linking them to tools that mitigate risk.
Access to Finance.
Piloting and Promoting Best Practices for Economic Growth
Piloting and sharing approaches to job creation, public financial management, trade and customs, access to finance, enterprise and workforce development, and economic inclusion is promoting economic growth in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Improving Financial Inclusion in Rural Colombia
Improving the financial stability of rural individuals and families in Colombia is essential to strengthening the national economy and preventing a relapse of the 52-year-long internal conflict.
Securing our Future: Partnerships for Youth
Getting the global economy on track to reap a demographic dividend, create prosperity, protect the planet, and eliminate extreme poverty will be difficult unless governments, international donors, businesses, and practitioners work together to harness the economic aspirations of youth. A recent study by the International Labour Organization shows that 13.6 percent of youth, or more…
From the Philippines to Colombia: Three Insights to Bridge the Usage Gap in Financial Services
What are the barriers to usage of digital financial services? What are the most effective ways to drive uptake? Modern financial solutions, spurred by internet and mobile access, present an important opportunity to make transactions more efficient. These digital innovations can save time and transportation costs for bank and client alike while building credit history…
Value Chain Finance with a Digital Twist
Back in 2015 while designing our approach for USAID’s Colombia Rural Finance Initiative (RFI), a Colombian colleague and I visited a sugar smallholder who had settled in the Meta department, fleeing the civil war. On his adobe walls hung a photograph of the farmer smiling proudly next to Colombia’s President Santos, who had visited their…