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Harnessing Knowledge and Networks for Capacity Building in Inclusive Rural Finance (CABFIN) - GCP/GLO/788/IFA









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    Supporting the European Union’s Analytical and Decision-Making Capacity on Agricultural Investments - GCP/GLO/948/EC 2024
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    Although agriculture provides the main source of income for around half a billion smallholders in the world, farmers and small rural enterprises face challenges in attracting the necessary capital, particularly from local financial institutions, to improve their productivity, livelihoods and supply chain participation.In 2017, as part of their strategic dialogue, FAO and the European Union decided to expand their collaboration in the area of investment support, with a view to enabling greater private investment in sustainable agrifood systems that might have a strong development impact. In this context, the present AgrIntel project was designed in 2018 with the overarching objective of supporting the European Union’s analytical and decision-making capacity on agricultural investments, including value chain analysis and investment support services.The project had three main goals, namely (i) to support the INTPA in making informed decisions regarding the European Union’s specific investment operations in agricultural value chains, in particular concerning economic, social and environmental sustainability, (ii)to contribute to the overall generation of knowledge and dialogueon agrifood value chains in countries of interest to INTPA, and(iii)to provide demand-driven investment support services to improvethe dissemination of value chain and investment analysis amongkey value chain stakeholders. To achieve these goals, the project wasstructured around three main areas: blended finance advisory services,food systems assessments (FSAs) and the Global Sustainable CocoaInitiative (SCI).
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    Agricultural Finance Africa – Coaching programme guidance notes 2021
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    The coaching programme was launched in 2017 by Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under Improving Capacity Building in Rural Finance (CABFIN), a partnership comprising FAO, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP). Two initial pilot programmes – a national pilot in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and a regional pilot in West Africa – included the participation of eight financial service providers This guide aims to share the experience accumulated by FAO and ADA from 2017 to 2021 during the implementation of the programme. It is intended for donors, development organizations, FSPs and other private or public stakeholders wishing to bring about a lasting improvement in smallholder farmers’ access to funding in agricultural value chains.
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    Unlocking rural finance for inclusive agrifood systems 2023
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    The provision of financial services to rural smallholder households, including savings, credit, insurance and payments, remains among the most difficult challenges in finance and development. Despite progress in the extension of these services to rural areas, rural finance ecosystems in low- and middle-income countries remain fragmented due to high transaction costs associated with the uneven and disperse distribution of populations, inadequate infrastructures and unexpected threats to agricultural productivity. As a result, small-scale actors and most marginalized groups – such as women and youth – remain largely excluded from access to finance and investment. Developing and scaling up inclusive financial solutions is key to improve the livelihoods and resilience of the most vulnerable people, reduce inequalities and poverty, end food insecurity and malnutrition, and promote the sustainable use of natural resources in order to build sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems that leave no one behind.

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