The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity Launches New Funding Opportunity for Financial Services Providers to Improve the Lives of Poor People in Rural Africa

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is a $50 million challenge fund established by The MasterCard Foundation. The goal of the Fund is to transform lives by increasing access to financial services for financially excluded people living in rural and agricultural areas of Africa. Since its launch in 2015, the Fund has held four competitions that have awarded support to 19 projects across Sub-Saharan Africa to implement their ideas with the potential of benefiting over 1 million rural people by 2021.

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AfDB investments in Africa hit a record Shs40 trillion

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has invested more than US $10.80 billion (about Shs39.6 trillion) worth of projects and programmes in Africa during the year 2016 through the roll-out of its High-5 priorities and the new Development and Business Delivery Model.

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Rwanda: Export Growth Fund to Ease Access to Finance for Exporters

Export growth is a top priority for the government and as such various measures have been taken to boost Rwanda's export trade. The Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2), targets an annual export growth of 28%. In an exclusive interview, Alex Kanyankole, CEO of the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) talks to The New Times' Minnie Karanja on how the Export Growth Fund is strategically designed to address the challenge of access to finance by exporters and promoting Made in Rwanda products.

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Namibia: Agribank Launches Collateral-Free Loan

 Agribank has launched a collateral-free loan to enable working communal farmers with no conventional collateral to access agricultural loans. The product targets salaried communal farmers who have the ability to repay their loans but do not have property in a proclaimed urban environment. The inclusiveness of all communal farmers will, amongst other factors, increase food production and contribute to household-level food security.

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New tech app to boost national agric targets

A new information and communication technology-leaning project has been rolled out in the framework of improving the resilience of smallholder farmers in the country. Smallholder farmers are considered the backbone of the country’s agriculture and feed millions through getting reliable and timely information and knowledge. The project called “Agricultural Services and Digital Inclusion in Rwanda” was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and the Ministry of Youth and ICT. It was launched ...

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Crop insurance scheme in final stage, ministry hopes to make it for 2018 Budget

Kuala Lumpur: Padi Beras Nasional Bhd (Bernas) is expected to contribute RM10 million to the crop insurance scheme set to be introduced in the upcoming national budget. Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the main aim behind the introduction of the fund was to protect farmers in the event of natural disasters.

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Mastercard Launches Mobile Marketplace to Digitize East Africa’s Agricultural Sector

Mastercard today launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. 2KUZE, which in Swahili means “Let’s grow together,” gives farmers access to more buyers, enables them to run a more profitable business and paves the way to a cashless agricultural sector. The platform brings the benefits and security of mobile commerce and payments to farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. 

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IFC Helps Network International Expand Access to Payment Infrastructure in the Middle East and Africa

IFC and the MENA Fund have each invested $15 million to acquire indirect stakes in Network International, which is jointly controlled by the Emirates NBD Bank and Warburg Pincus/General Atlantic consortium. The investment will help the company expand and modernize its banking client network in the Middle East and Africa, by helping them develop electronic channels, improve their level of service, and expand their reach into underserved segments, boosting financial inclusion.

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Agricultural insurance: A tool for managing disasters

The 9th Consultative Forum came to a close this Tuesday, March 14, in Singapore, after an afternoon of discussions among supervisors, policymakers and the insurance industry in the Asia Pacific region on the challenges and potential of insurance to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers against disasters and climate risks.

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New Evidence Overturns Traditional Approaches to Agriculture Investment

The majority of the world’s poor live in rural areas, with 70 percent of the rural poor working in agriculture. Ramping up agricultural productivity will be critical to lifting these households out of poverty.

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