1 Increasing the pipeline of investment-ready agribusinesses: Recommendations

To increase the pipeline of investment-ready agribusinesses, governments and regulatory authorities should:

1.1 Cooperate in efforts to harmonize technical standards and taxonomies in the provision of inclusive technical assistance to facilitate comparison between different approaches over time, and between geographies.

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A Review of Inclusive Technical Assistance in Agriculture Deployed by Development Finance Institutions [26 pages]

An evaluation of the demand for and supply of inclusive technical assistance in agriculture by donors and other development finance partners.

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Improve the performance of agricultural investments through legal empowerment of farmers [58 minutes]

The video provides convincing evidence from Africa and Asia on using legal empowerment as a route to fewer disruptions to supply chains and increased brand equity through enhanced reputation.

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To increase the pipeline of investment-ready agribusinesses governments and regulatory authorities should also:

1.2 Ensure that state extension services deliver technical assistance services to smallholders that are in agribusinesses supply chains.

1.3 Develop publicly funded agricultural investment vehicles with longer horizons than can be provided by the market.


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Sourcing from smallholders: Complex challenge or commercial opportunity? Perspectives from investors and agribusinesses [56 pages]

examines how smallholders are viewed by investors, the funding flowing to smallholder-facing businesses and investor perspectives on these enterprises.

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5 routes to profitable sourcing from smallholder farmers: investor perspectives on the deal [59 minutes] covers the need for trust, how to structure a deal using blended finance to de-risk agri-SME investments and insights from the CASA technical assistance facility.

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1.4 Through their policies and investments, seek to intentionally support the growth of mature and profitable agri-SMEs to anchor markets for both agricultural commodities and agricultural finance, by acting as a significant buyer or supplier that will crowd in services for smaller SMEs.

1.5 Develop and maintain long-term strategies that create a stable and predictable policy environment at all levels, from local to national.

1.6 Recognize that commercial banks usually have an agri-specific division or focus as a result of government policies and incentives – increasing incentives should catalyse further investment.

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State of agri-SME sector – Bridging the finance gap [67 pages]

breaks down the market in a comprehensive and holistic way to show where finance is specifically flowing and recommends ways to address the current agri-SME finance gap.

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The state of the agri-SME sector – Bridging the finance gap [52-minutes]

covers the current state of the sector and sets out four key priorities to address the existing finance gap.

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Updated March 2023

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