This time “I” was the guest blogger on the recently rebranded FinDevGateway.
Please find below my blog on smallholder farmers in preparation of my panel at the European Microfinance Week 2018 in Luxembourg.
This blog post is also available in French: Voir grand en visant petit : répondre aux besoins des petits agriculteursFarmers in the Philippines. Photo by Froi Rivera, 2017 CGAP Photo Contest.
Small family farms are the basis of agricultural production in developing countries, and according to the FAO, 80 percent of these countries’ food comes from smallholders. However, as important as this sector is, it still faces many challenges, especially funding. The financial sector still struggles to find a viable strategy to reach and support small producers. As part of this year’s European Microfinance Week, Hannah Siedek of the European Investment Bank will moderate a session that highlights successful and potentially replicable examples of small farmer financing. Alterfin, CGAP and Ugandan financial services provider Pride Microfinance will share their experiences in this panel. More in English