February 2019

Planning Workshop for the Coaching Project in Agricultural Finance

This week, in Cotonou (Benin), started the planning workshop for the coaching project in Agricultural Finance. 4 MFIs are coached by our expert coach Gilles and 4 experts in agricultural finance.

The workshop lasts until 9 February 9th, with the aim of having a detailed action plan for the development of at least one new agricultural finance product, with a pilot phase in 2019.

The first day focused on introducing the coaching approach to the 4 MFIs' chief executives and the second person accompanying them, and making reminders on agricultural finance and the development of new products.

  • Atelier Plan 01
  • Atelier Plan 02
Atelier de formation en finance agricole - Abidjan - 201708 (2)

Agricultural finance training workshop in Abidjan, 7-11 August 2017

August 2017
This first training in agricultural finance was attended by 18 volunteer participants from 15 different MFIs from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over the course of five days, the training session provided the participants with the theoretical knowledge required to design, develop and market agricultural finance products in an innovative and profitable way, but also limiting the risks. The challenge is not only to master the process of developing the product, but also to establish strategic alliances with the different stakeholders involved throughout the product’s value chain, so as to be able to share out the risk among the various actors. The theoretical work was further enriched by the exchange and sharing of experiences amongst the participants.

Of the 15 MFIs which took part in the training in Abidjan, 13 applied to the coaching support project and 5 were chosen by ADA to benefit from this support: ACFB in Benin, ACFIME and GRAINE-SARL in Burkina Faso, FUCEC in Togo and PAIDEK SA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The managing directors of the five selected MFIs, together with their operations manager or assistant manager, attended a planning workshop in Lomé at the end of September 2017. The aim of this workshop was to introduce the coaching concept and methodology to enable these managers to put forward a preliminary version of their action plans thanks to the support of their dedicated coach.  

The action plans of these 5 institutions received a final approval at the beginning of December 2017 by the ADA and FAO teams and the first actions started in the institutions since that date. These partners will be able to implement their action plans during 2018.


June 2017

Agricultural finance training workshop in Abidjan, 7-11 August 2017

  • Benefit from FAO and ADA's expertise in agricultural finance
  • To strengthen its capacities through the exchange of experiences between participants
  • Have the opportunity to apply for a coaching project of a minimum of one year

Training Description

The growth of agricultural markets worldwide, particularly in developing countries, is indisputable. Many actors involved in these growing agricultural markets, including rural households and smallholder farmers, need a variety of financial services to enable them to seize economic opportunities. This global trend makes the agricultural sector increasingly attractive to financial institutions.

This training presents the opportunities and challenges of agricultural financing in the West and Central African context. An introduction to the assessment of key markets and product design principles and tools will also be presented.

  • Estimate the demand for financing products related to agricultural value chains;
  • Identify and implement best practices in the design and distribution of financial products targeted to the needs of the targeted clientele;
  • Identify the various possible strategies for risk management and distribution of these products.

Group work and case study analysis will enrich the training.

These studies are based on the experience of financial institutions that have successfully increased their agricultural portfolios in an innovative, profitable and risk mitigating manner. Potential avenues for collaboration between the public and private sectors in the development of agricultural finance products will also be discussed.

For more information, see detailed information at the bottom of this page.

If you are interested, do not delay, complete the application form at the bottom of the page and send it to the following e-mail address:

Feel free to contact us at for more information!

Discover the results of the workshop

ADA and FAO publish a case study on an innovative model of rural finance in Morocco

November 2016

The agricultural sector in Morocco is one of the main growth drivers of the country's economy and one of the main factors in reducing poverty.

Despite the exponential economic growth observed in recent years, rural areas still have a large number of Moroccans living in extreme poverty, amounting to 14.4%, compared with 4.8% in urban areas. The development of the agricultural sector in these areas is all the more important in order to facilitate the inclusion of these populations in working life.

Although Moroccan institutions recognize the importance of the expansion of the sector, it still faces many financing challenges. Indeed, the very strict regulations, as well as the risks linked to agricultural production, make the process unattractive for investors. To counter this problem, the country's major bank, Crédit Agricole du Maroc (CAM), has developed a very innovative model (Tamwil El Fellah) to allow access to its services to smallholder families by overcoming some of the obstacles that many banks consider considerable.

The model put in place is characterized by offering tailor-made financing to clients representing the different value chains, as well as a risk management mechanism tailored to the specific customer segment.

The case study, Innovations for inclusive agricultural finance and risk mitigation mechanisms, published jointly by FAO and ADA, details the unique downscaling experience of Crédit Agricole du Maroc (CAM). The analysis presented here aims to highlight principles to be applied by different actors to facilitate rural and agricultural financial services around the world.

We wish you a pleasant reading.

ADA took part in the 5th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance "Financing of agricultural investments", which was held from 24 to 25 November 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dakar, Senegal.
Before the conference, a side event was also organized on 23 November on the theme of innovation: Fostering innovation through inclusive non-traditional financial services.

Please find all information on the event website.

Download the case study enclosed:

Research & Development

Policy Brief on sustainable agricultural development in Nicaragua

January 2016

Is it possible to finance livestock sustainably in Nicaragua’s agricultural frontier?

In Nicaragua, the historically dominant agricultural paradigm means that most land is in the hands of large producers, leading to the eviction of small farmers to a new agricultural frontier, causing social polarization and alarming deforestation.

This paradigm is neither environmentally nor socially sustainable. It is therefore imperative to move towards technological and social transformation, and towards greater farming diversification.

Having analysed the problems of intensive farming, we presented policy recommendations to the microfinance sector for a sustainable and inclusive finance policy. The study was conducted by ADA in Nicaragua, in partnership with NITLAPAN, a research unit at the Central American University, and IOB, the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp.


Download the Policy Brief over here

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