Tools and Strategies for Catalyzing Finance in the Agriculture Sector

  • Date Posted: March 24, 2020
  • Authors: Marketlinks Team
  • Document Types: Other
  • Donor Type: Other US Government Agency


Photo: Asha Thapa Magar uses her newly purchased mini-tiller on her farm. Photo Credit: Robic Upadhyaya/KISAN II, Winrock International
Photo Credit: Robic Upadhyaya/KISAN II, Winrock International

This post was originally published on Agrilinks and was authored by Patrick Starr. 

In 2018, USAID produced a series of knowledge products to help global mission staff better integrate agricultural finance into mission activity within the context of the U.S. Government's Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS). These knowledge products are designed to help USAID staff better understand (i) the potential impact of agricultural finance, (ii) how to apply it in their day to day work, and (iii) learn from successful past examples of agricultural finance programming undertaken by USAID.

The knowledge products (linked in the sidebar on Agrilinks) encompass topics like youth employment in agriculture, USAID tools for agricultural financing, case studies on successful past USAID engagements and understanding an agribusiness’ basic finances. Three types of knowledge products are available for download: podcasts, written primers, and trainings.

  • Podcasts: panel discussions and interviews with expert practitioners on different topics in agricultural finance
    • Blended Finance for Agricultural Development – this podcast explores the role that blended finance can play in agriculture, featuring insights from Dan Zook, Executive Director of ISF Advisors.
    • Applying Agricultural Finance in Reality – in this podcast, two agricultural finance practitioners (Hal Carey and Mukhtar Amin) talk about lessons learned from two different USAID projects in Ethiopia and Tanzania that helped catalyze private sector investment in agriculture
    • Investor Panel: Agricultural finance perspectives from the field - As part of a three-day Agriculture Finance Training at the Washington Learning Center, a panel of investors to spoke about opportunities and challenges of providing finance in the agricultural space. In particular, the panel focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges of financing agricultural projects, trends and innovations that are likely to shape the sector going forward, and reflections on where USAID can be most effective and impactful in this space. This panel discussion featured perspectives from Songbae Lee – Senior Investment Officer, Calvert Impact Capital; Mariana Petrei – Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation; Titianne Donde-Ommes – Regional Advisor, Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance; and, Chris Isaac – Director of Investments & Business Development, AgDevCo.
  • Primers: short 3-5 page documents which outline various facets of agricultural finance
  • Trainings: 90-minute interactive recorded video webinars, presented and moderated by Dalberg Advisors and USAID staff members