SAFIN was launched by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2017 at a three-day international conference focused on finding new ways to finance rural development. The network was co-created by 25 institutions who recognised that an improved financial landscape can enhance the flow of capital to agricultural SMEs and small-scale farmers. Since then, SAFIN has grown to reach over 50 institutions.
SAFIN pilot phase at a glance
We identified investment opportunities and financing solutions in SME-dense agricultural value chains.
We advocated for increased investment into agricultural SMEs in major international policy forums.
We developed new learning and thought leadership on the use of blended finance for agriculture.
We pooled the expertise of our members to co-design initiatives with the potential to transform agricultural SMEs.
We shared knowledge on emerging issues in agri-finance and weaved connections among like-minded institutions.
Bringing millets back to the table in India
At first sight, the small size of millet grains can be deceiving. This group of cereals packs a punch mighty enough to face today’s unique challenges, given that they are high in nutrients and resistant to drought. Millets are currently enjoying a wave…
The capital difference: Improving rural livelihoods in Nigeria through input financing
In 2015, Michael Ameh co-founded Hemam Synergy Limited in Kaduna state of Nigeria to provide small-scale farmers with the knowledge…
Aligning investors around opportunities in the coconut industry in Jamaica
Sector-wide dialogue and investment planning in collaboration with the international Trade Centre resulted in over US$ 22 million…
Achieving scale in blended finance in the food and agriculture sector
When blended finance became an object of research and discussion within SAFIN back in 2017, our partners were driven by a mix of curiosity…
Case study collection: Blended finance for agriculture
In July 2020, SAFIN and the Inter-American Development Bank co-published nine case studies on the application of blended finance in…
AgDevCo Technical Assistance Facility
AgDevCo launched a facility to provide its investees with core business support, such as improving their financial systems, and inclusive business support, such as…
Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agri-SME finance
In the spring of 2020, SAFIN launched a monthly bulletin and partnered with the World Bank Group on a webinar series to share updated information…
SAFIN Annual Plenary Meeting 2020 Recap
The fourth, and for the first time, fully virtual SAFIN Annual Plenary Meeting took place from 19-23 October 2020 in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, with agricultural SMEs facing…