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Remote but productive: using energy access investments to catalyse enterprises and income in Tanzania’s rural communities

While rural energy access investments – like mini-grids – can be expected to transform local economies, this doesn’t happen automatically. Catalysing local enterprises and raising incomes through productive uses of energy often requires extra measures, to overcome barriers such as gaps in local people’s skills or financial resources.

In Tanzania there are huge opportunities for...

Value chain finance: Beyond microfinance for rural entrepreneurs

In large parts of the world, small-scale farmers, traders and processors are constrained in their business operations due to a lack of finance. Farmers want to be paid immediately, but traders do not have the ready cash to buy their produce. Traders need working capital so they can buy and transport produce, but lack the collateral to get loans. Processors cannot get the money they need to buy...

Understanding value chain finance

In this paper, value chain finance (VCF) is understood as 'finance based o the relationship between two or more actors in the value chain, either directly (one actor provides credit to another) or indirectly (one actor obtains credit from a financial institution based on a sales relationship with another actor).

A task force on VCF was set up to deepen our understanding on this topic in...

Small-scale farmers’ agency: how the poor make markets work for them

Small Producer Agency in the Globalised Market June 2012

Many of the people attending the 2012 Earth Summit (Rio+20) in June see promise for sustainable development through private-sector initiatives — and expect that improved links to markets can reduce poverty among half a billion small-scale farmers who feed much of the developing world. But most of the ‘inclusive business’...