In the drought prone district of Marathwada, a group of farmers eagerly inspect small plots of land where pulses, fruits and vegetables are being cultivated. The curious farmers ask several questions to the landowners – how did they select which crop to grow, what fertilizer did they use, and most importantly how did they irrigate their fields? The monsoons had been weak, and water was not available in abundance. The farmers are eager to learn and the landowners are keen to share their experience.
There are a fair number of interventions out there that work with an entire value chain with a set of interventions. The first (and second) time I was asked to evaluate one of these, my response was how hard, even impossible, it might be. I have since been enlightened, first with David’s post on Monday and also from reading an exciting new paper by Macchiavello and Miquel-Florensa.
Deadline: 28-May-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The assignment has 4 components: 1) Facilitating Partnerships for Developing New Business and Financial Models by engaging with a select number of entrepreneurs, financial institutions, end-users (farmers), other stakeholders, to co-create innovative business and financial models, to help unlock the growth of the off-grid PV market in Egypt in the agriculture sector. 2) Build Capacity of Select Banks Interested in PV , by working with banks which would have stated interest in engaging directly with the market/farmers on a pilot basis. 3) Strengthening the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Providing by providing support to 6 8 advanced PV entrepreneurs (existing solar / PV firms) with the objective of designing a program that is relevant to the needs of entrepreneurs at this level. 4) Exploring Opportunities with Early Stage Investors to support or develop early stage finance mechanism(s) to deploy capital targeting firms innovating in the off-grid PV market. Continue reading
Deadline: 20-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is seeking to contract a firm which has expertise in improving the productivity of raisin production by farmers and in developing raisin supply chain. The consultant will be working with an IFC client company and grapes farmers to improve the productivity and efficiency of clients raisin supply chain and to set in place a strong supply chain management and development capacity in order to ensure the long-term and reliable availability of raisins from farmers at competitive prices, in sufficient quantities and with the high quality required by the client. The overall objective of the assignment is to improve the productivity and efficiency of the farmers producing and supplying grapes to the Client.
The Consultant will also support IFC on collecting the data required for monitoring and evaluating the Projects impact on farmers and their livelihoods.
IFC Global Agribusiness Conference, May 15-16 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Finance Corporation invites investors, private companies whose supply chains rely on smallholder farmers, organizations offering products and services, donors, and government officials to join its Global Agribusiness Conference.
The conference will focus on practical solutions to the challenges of building smallholder professionalism and closing yield gaps between commercial operations and smallholder farmers.
Deadline: 11-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Farmers in Africa have limited access to affordable finance, especially before the planting season when cash flow is low but need for farming inputs is high. In Kenya, agriculture is one of the most underfinanced sectors of the economy. CGAP aims to lower the risk and cost for financial institutions and input suppliers to meet this unmet demand. We wish to test a digital financial solution that links smallholder farmers to inputs and credit in Kenya. The solution should help smallholder farmers save as well as securely borrow toward the purchase of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, seeds.
CGAP will procure technical services to structure and test this digital financial solution and identify relevant lessons to be shared widely in an open access format. We expect this pilot to give us key learnings on creating mobile wallets that help farmers access credit for inputs and assists them in reaching their goals, thereby creating a high value proposition solution for Kenyan farmers.
Rabobank Foundation and the World Bank team up to strengthen financial cooperatives for agrifinance.