Case Studies Report: Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations

Summary Report: Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations

NpM Annual Report 2015

In 2015, NpM has paved the way for new initiatives and explored new topics.

In the broader context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the end of 2015, NpM actively addressed Green Inclusive Finance. In fact, this was the theme of the annual conference, this year organised together with FMO and Hivos. During conference, NpM offered on behalf of all its members a letter of intent to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating that all members are committed to including ‘green’ in their (investment) activities. This has been an exceptional statement and follow-up steps have already been made.

The research on ‘Finance for Smallholders‘ that was published in 2015, gained a lot of attention.The research focuses on opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations and is based on 15 success cases of the NpM members and AgriProFocus in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda. During expert meetings in three of the African countries, NpM brought together many different stakeholders that play a role in creating access to finance for farmers.

Overall, NpM realised in 2015 an increase in all of its activities: 1) the number of sessions related to knowledge management; 2) taking part in events at which the Dutch inclusive finance sector was represented by NpM; and 3) increased communication activities by publications, articles in the press, website visitors, etcetera.

This annual report sheds light on NpM’s contribution to realise the ambitions of its members in reaching financial inclusion. NpM will continue to assist its members by identifying important topics, facilitating cooperation and sharing knowledge.

In the NpM Annual Report 2015, one can read about all activities in more detail.

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Full Report: Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations

Via one of NpM’s working groups, a research has been carried out titled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations

The NpM Rural Finance working group focuses on improving its members’ activities to increase access to financial services in rural areas.

In this light, the group decided in February 2014 to research which bottlenecks exist to finance smallholders, thereby identifying opportunities for risk management through linking financial institutions and producer organisations, in the countries Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda. The research has been carried out in cooperation with AgriProFocus (APF) and the Wageningen University and Research centre (Wageningen UR), and is funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

The NpM Rural Finance working group consists of the following NpM members: Cordaid, FMO, Hivos, ICCO, ICCO Terrafina Microfinance (formerly: Terrafina Microfinance), Rabobank Foundation and Oxfam Novib. ICCO Terrafina Microfinance coordinates the working group. The report has been realised in coordination with other stakeholders who are active in this field on an international level: Agriterra, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).

Green Inclusive Finance: Status, Trends and Opportunities!

At the NpM annual conference organised with FMO and Hivos, Green Inclusive Finance was the topic. NpM asked Enclude to carry out a short research on the current status of the green inclusive finance sector. The inclusive finance sector traditionally focuses on creating social impact in developing countries by enabling access to financial services. Besides social impact, the sector increasingly attaches value to creating environmental impact as well. At this stage, the emphasis is put on assessing how also environment-conscious aspects can become a fixed focus or even determinant in investment decisions.

A more elaborated overview is included in the short research realised by Enclude which addresses the current status, trends and opportunities in the green inclusive finance sector.

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