Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Incentives for banks to invest in agricultural SMEs

8 May 2024
. 14:00 CET. Nudging the local financial market place
Financial service providers like commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, cooperatives and microfinance institutions are front-line couriers of loans in local currencies to agricultural SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa. 

See Key insights from the rich discussion here.

Given their wide coverage in local markets, financial incentives such as guarantees or first loss facilities that are meant to entice them to extend more loans to these enterprises are growing in popularity.
  • But what level and types of incentives work best for banks in Africa? 
  • Which other incentives have worked elsewhere that may be applied in the region? 
  • Will financial incentives change their behaviour in the long term?
The third and final session of ‘Backing the Middle’ unpacked these questions.
  • Andrew Ahiaku, Director and Head of Financial Sector, Aceli Africa Moderator
  • Phyllis Wanjiku Kimani, Chief Retail Officer, Family Bank
  • Evans Martin Nakhokho, Chief Manager, Centenary Bank
  • Henry Bwogi, Director of Retail and Business Banking, Tanzania Commercial Bank


SAFIN (2024) AnnualProgressReport2023 # 33 pp.
  • As 282 million people faced acute hunger in 2023, global agri-finance players joined hands to unlock the growth potential of agricultural enterprises and farmers through the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN). 
  • The SAFIN Annual Progress Report 2023 captures the network’s achievements in fostering collaboration with the agricultural finance ecosystem, sharing new market intelligence, advocating for small businesses and farmers, and building regional partnerships.

GDPRD (2024) Unleashing the Catalytic Power of Donor Financing to
Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 # 48 p.
  • This report is dedicated to bilateral and multilateral donors engaging in blended finance, who aim to boost access to commercial finance by agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 
  • The investigation included a series of interviews which explored how donors, philanthropic organizations, public funds and blended capital funds can make their funding effective and act as an incentive for achieving SDG 2.
  • The report shows the risk appetite of donors and DFIs is on the rise. This is a unique opportunity for donors, DFIs and their beneficiaries in developing countries to make widespread changes by implementing the recommendations of this report.
  • See PAEPARD blogpost 9 April 2024

Article: Agritech funding in LMICs: How did it go in 1Q24?

Throughout the year ArisTechia tracks data on agritech funding by startups that provide digital solutions for smallholder agriculture across low-and middle income countries (LMICs). We focus on four regions: Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. This article, looks at how the sector has performed on a quarterly basis, comparing 1Q24 VS 1Q23.

Most of the activity was in South Asia (India), and that of course applies this year as much as last year. If we just look at the largest deals by Indian agritechs in the table above, we will see that they made for ∼59% of the total amount of funding going to the sector, globally, in 1Q24.

In this last quarter two Africa-focused agritechs, Hatch Africa and Apollo, took the second and the third spots in the table of the largest agritech deals. This is quite significant. Hatch, which operates in the poultry sector, raised $9.5 million to scale up in Kenya, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. Apollo received a $10 million investment to grow its product and financing platform for smallholders. With this raise, Apollo reached $67.8 million cumulative funding since it started operations in 2016.

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