Our origin

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.

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We advocated for increased investment into agricultural SMEs in major international policy forums.

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We developed new learning and thought leadership on the use of blended finance for agriculture.

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We pooled the expertise of our members to co-design initiatives with the potential to transform agricultural SMEs.

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We shared knowledge on emerging issues in agri-finance and weaved connections among like-minded institutions.

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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…


Building inclusive markets in agriculture: Takeaways from PF4SD Week

The Private Finance for Sustainable Development (PF4SD) week is held at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation…


Forum on financing for agricultural development in Latin America and the Caribbean

On 5-6 May 2019, SAFIN, the International Food Policy Research…


Championing coffee value chains at the Financing for Development Forum

Every April, the international community gathers at the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum…


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…


First SAFIN regional workshop on blended finance and business model risks in agri-finance

On 01 October 2019, financial institutions from across Africa gathered to share…

Member initiative

Humura Fund by GAWA Capital

The EUR 100 million fund, targeting agricultural SMEs and financial institutions in Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and…

Member initiative

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…

Member initiative

Food Security Fund by AFEX

This US$100 million 10-year bond aims to help Africa feed itself sustainably by producing an additional three million MT of food annually…


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…


Highlights from the SAFIN Annual Plenary Meeting 2019

Progress in 2019 and plans for 2020 were centre-stage at this year’s Annual Plenary Meeting of SAFIN members in New Delhi…

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