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More Local Staff in Latin America

Over the past few months, Alterfin has hired two freelance credit managers, Nilton Meza Pastrana (left) and Flavio Ralde Laguna (right) who live in Peru and Bolivia respectively. They follow up partners in their region and also seek new partners. In addition, our former colleague Bernard Ornilla has rejoined the Alterfin team and manages our partners in Central America from his new home in Honduras. Finally, the selection process for our two new credit managers for Africa and Asia is drawing to a close. We will announce the names of our new colleagues in our next newsletter.

Sustainable Agriculture to Fight Poverty

Family agriculture makes a significant contribution towards eradicating hunger and poverty, improving food security, nutrition and livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable development, especially in rural areas. For these reasons, Alterfin is also committed to financing sustainable family agriculture. Over two billion of the poorest people on the planet depend on agriculture as a means of subsistence. However, as long as the terms of trade in the small-scale agriculture sector are unfavourable to them, smallholders will remain the poorest.

600 million USD in loans to 2 million smallholders

Lending grows by over 70% since 2013, yet agriculturalSMEs face ongoing challenges and risks Nairobi, Kenya – Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) today announced in their Year in Review report that they provided $597 million in loans to 672 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during 2015. This financing helped to fuel an estimated $3.7 billion in combined annual revenue among these businesses, which connect more than 2.1 million smallholder farmers—over one-third of whom are women—to domestic and international markets. CSAF is an alliance of nine leading

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural on June 30, 2016

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) will be hosting a “State of the Sector” webinar on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 16:00 CEST. The discussion will feature data and insights on the evolving credit market for agricultural SMEs, including: Growth and risk trends from 2015 Market outlook for 2016 and beyond What’s needed to grow the sector and expand impact Q&A Featured participants include: Brian Milder , Executive Vice President, Root Capital (Representing CSAF) Blaine Stephens , Chief Operating Officer, MIX (Data Partner) Carina Torres , Agriculture

When the South Partners Go Green!

There can be no talk of sustainability without thinking about environmental sustainability. Climate change is affecting our planet and the problems this brings are numerous. Solutions do exist and some local initiatives are flourishing. This is the green side of the Force! Financing sustainable agriculture Agriculture is a sector greatly affected by climate change. Alterfin is investing EUR 24 million in 59 partners who work in sustainable agriculture. In total, over 100,000 small farmers and producers are financed across the world. Together, they cultivate 420,000 hectares of land

Belgian Social Impact Fund Kampani makes its 1st investment

The largest union of coffee cooperatives in Burundi has just opened its own processing plant inside the country. This has been made possible with Belgian funding, specifically an investment of 214,000 dollars by Kampani, an investment fund. This is the first investment for Kampani, which was set up last year by the King Baudouin Foundation, Vredeseilanden, Trias, Alterfin, SIDI, Louvain Cooperation, Boerenbond and other organisations. Kampani is a so-called social impact investment fund, whose aim is to encourage entrepreneurship in agriculture. Focused on Africa, Asia and Latin America,

Alterfin in the SCAA and at the Social Performance Task Force

The SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) is the unmissable event in the coffee sector where everyone involved in the sector (producers, importers, financial backers, etc.) meet up. Alterfin participated this year again in the event that was held in Atlanta from 14 to 17 April. Alterfin took also part in the Social Performance Task Force in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 30 May to 2 June 2016. This conference is attended by inclusive finance players and considers the social aspects of investments. Our Peruvian partner, San Juan del Oro, flanked by Saul and Nilton of Alterfin at the SCAA

Reforestation project in the Peruvian Amazon

In order to offset our CO2 emissions, Alterfin decided to continue financing the reforestation project being undertaken by one of its partners, the Acopagro cooperative in the San Martin region in the Peruvian Amazon. This project involves planting native trees within the producers’ cocoa plots in order to develop model agroforestry systems which will ensure the long-term future of cocoa crops. As well as reducing the carbon impact, agroforestry brings many other benefits. The agroforestry systems make it possible to protect biodiversity. They also use little fertiliser, enabling farmers to

Access to the Market for Small-scale farmers

Smallholders in the South encounter numerous difficulties on a daily basis. First of all, they face many risks: climate change, epidemics, commodity price volatility, etc. Access to the market and very fluctuating demand make them even more vulnerable. So it is difficult to have a stable income and cope with unexpected events. But it is not all doom and gloom. “Sometimes we harvest a lot of beans but we don’t manage to sell them, and other times, when our harvests are small, buyers ask us for more.” explains Nyambura, a woman farmer in Kenya. “Fortunately, now I sell my production to Vert Ltd
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