For Each According to their Ability: Meeting Farmers’ Finance Needs through Inclusive, Diversified Services


Increasing Inclusion in Commercial Markets


Tuesday, October 15, 2019


1:00 PM




Around the world, millions of smallholder farmers continue to be excluded from accessing needed financial resources. In West Africa, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has worked to address this issue through their work on the USDA Millet Business Services Project (MBSP), which linked millet farmers to markets and expanded financial inclusion through a diverse set of financial products and services, including savings groups, layaway programs for seeds/inputs (offered by myAgro), individual and group bank credits/loans, and inventory credit system (warrantage). This interactive and informative session, led by CRS, will explore how stratified financial services provide farmers with more appropriate products to meet their diverse needs, allowing them to mix and match financing strategies depending on their capacities and needs. Participants will learn how to apply more robust financial models in their programming to ensure that financial services offered to rural value chain actors increase market inclusion.


Paul Diouf
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

marc bavois
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Nadege Gbaguidi
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Anushka Ratnayake

Abdoul Aziz Sar
Banque Agricole (formerly CNCAS)

This conference is organized by Connexus Corporation