March 2014: News, Events, and Resources for Agricultural Finance


Study Tours for Bankers


Sri Lankan bankers learn about farm equipment finance from Mahindra

A delegation from Hatton National Bank visited Mahindra Finance to learn about its business strategy and operations. Learn More>> 


West African bankers exchange ideas on new agricultural loan tools 

Bankers from Burkina Faso and Mali visited Senegal's Credit Mutuel du Senegal to learn about their loan appraisal tools for agricultural SMEs. Learn More>> 


Bankers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America travel to the American Midwest

AgriFin led a delegation of bankers to the American Banker Association's Agricultural Banking Conference and a field visit with First Dakota National Bank. Learn More>> 


Agriculture Finance Webinars


Using mobile technology in agriculture value chain finance 

Agrilife, a cloud-based platform developed by a Kenyan IT company helps financial institutions penetrate the agricultural sector. Learn More>> 


Financing grain supply chains in Mexico: lessons from Banamex

A supply chain financing model enables Banamex to successfully serve the grains sector in Mexico. Learn More>>  


Financing the dairy value chain in Kenya: lessons from Equity Bank

One of the largest commercial banks in Africa explains the key features of its dairy value chain financing model. Learn More>>


Additional Resources

  • Financing Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change Discussion note highlights how financial institutions can adapt to deal with the impacts of climate change on agriculture? Learn More>>
  • Local Bank Financing for Smallholder Farmers: A $9 Billion Drop in the Ocean Brief by Initiative for Smallholder Finance provides an overview of the market size and scope of local bank lending to smallholders. Listen to the related webinar. Learn More>>

  • Finance for Food: Towards New Agricultural and Rural Finance | Book by KFW. Learn More>>

  • Best practices in increasing access to rural and agricultural finance in Africa | Study by Finmark Trust. Learn More>>

  • Mobile Money for the Unbanked: State of the Industry 2013 | Report by GSMA. Learn More>>

  • Empirical Analysis of Agricultural Credit in Africa: Any Role for Institutional Factors? | Study by African Development Bank Learn More>>