• Publications

    Agri-lending: Lessons learned from Ghana

    Through incentives, training and technical assistance, USAID’s 5-year Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (FinGAP) has changed the way financial institutions and business advisory service providers engage in agriculture. With financing, micro, small and medium enterprises are able to acquire machinery © USAID FinGAP Since its launch in July 2013, FinGAP has facilitated over €123 million of finance and investment to over 2,700 agribusinesses in northern Ghana’s maize, soy and rice value chains, easily beating its target of unlocking €60 million of lending. How has it done this and what can banks and governments in other ACP countries learn from the project?…

  • In the Media

    One District One Factory: Using agriculture to resolve ethnic conflict in the Volta Region

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – B&FT newspaper reports on the positive impact of Okata Farms and Processing, an agribusiness assisted by USAID FinGAP business advisory service providers to access financing to expand her operations, on her community, women and the youth…   One District One Factory

  • In the Media

    Creating entrepreneurs through agribusiness financing

    The Graphic Business newspaper reports that most agribusiness enterprises have been assisted by the USAID Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project’s (USAID FinGAP’s) business advisory service providers to access financing to expand their production capacity… Creating entrepreneurs through agricbusiness financing

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    USAID FinGAP awards deserving agribusiness actors

    Business and Financial Times (B&FT) – January 11 2018 The USAID Financing Ghana Agribusiness Project (USAID- FinGAP) has awarded ten (10) various agribusiness actors for their diverse contributions to growth and development of the sector, especially in the three northern regions. The awardees are players in areas such as financing, farm aggregation, agro-processing, business advisory and farming. They were presented with plaques and citations. The awards ceremony climaxed the 2017 Women in Agribusiness Development Summit held in Accra. They are Builsa Community Bank, Tumu Cooperative Credit Union (TCCU), Success for People Microfinance Ltd., JCS Investments Ltd., and Shinkaafa Buni Rice…

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    Women in Agriculture can help achieve Ghana beyond aid – USAID

    Ms Sharon L. Cromer, USAID Ghana Mission Director, on Tuesday said Ghana can attain its vision of self-reliance faster and more sustainably if it empowers its people, especially women and particularly those in agriculture. She noted that whilst President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s emphasis on Ghana realising its full potential by reducing its reliance on foreign assistance, the USAID administrator’s position is that the purpose of foreign assistance was to end the need for its existence in the first place, through effective, accountable, and responsible country systems. Ms Cromer made the statements during the opening of the USAID Financing Ghanaian…

  • In the Media

    USAID FinGAP to invest in women in agribusiness

    USAID Financing Agriculture Project (USAID FinGAP) is poised to help invest in women involved in agribusiness value chain. This is to help empower women in helping build a resilient economy. Ms Sharon Cromer, USAID Ghana Mission Director believes that, empowering women in agriculture can serve as a catalyst to help position the country as a nation beyond aid faster and in a sustainable manner. She indicated that empowering women to participate in the local economy could pave the way to Ghana’s self-reliance and economic growth. “Fostering broad-based inclusive economic growth means unlocking everyone’s potential, including women and youth, to fully…

  • Events

    USAID FinGAP Celebrates Women’s Contribution to Agribusiness Development

    The Feed the Future USAID Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (USAID FinGAP), in collaboration with MEL Consulting Limited, a Business Advisory Service (BAS) provider within the Project’s network, held a “Women in Agribusiness Development” Summit on December 5, 2017, at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra. The purpose of the Summit was to highlight the contributions of women in Ghana’s agriculture sector. It was attended by 246 people (100 male and 146 female). This included women-led agribusinesses, farmers, processors, business advisory service providers, financial institutions, Government of Ghana representatives, and development partners. The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam…

  • In the Media

    GRAPHIC Business Reports on USAID FinGAP’s Women in Agribusiness Summit

    The USAID Ghana Mission Director, Ms Sharon Cromer, has said that empowering women in agriculture can serve as a catalyst to help position the country as a nation beyond aid faster and in a sustainable manner. She said women made up 50 per cent of the population and served as an underutilised resource, such that progress could not be made when over half of the country faced a range of economic and social challenges, including lack of access to land, markets, agricultural technologies and inputs. Consequently, she indicated that empowering women to participate in the local economy could pave the…

  • In the Media

    USAID celebrates contributions of women in agribusiness

    December 7, 2017 – Ghanaweb Reports on USAID FinGAP’s Women in Agribusiness Development Summit  On December 5, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MEL Consulting Limited hosted a ‘Women in Agribusiness’ Summit to highlight the contributions of women in Ghana’s agricultural sector. The event brought together women-led agribusinesses, farmers, processors, business service providers, financial institutions, the Government of Ghana and development partners. In attendance were the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, USAID/Ghana Mission Director Sharon L. Cromer and Nestlé West and Central Africa’s Head of Agricultural Services, Fatih Ermis. The Summit…

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    Consultancy Opportunity in Finance

    USAID FinGAP is looking to hire a team of consultants to undertake an assessment of the project’s grant program and impact. Financing of agribusiness enterprises is facilitated by USAID FinGAP and disbursed through Ghanaian FIs who have received pay-for-performance (P4P) grants from the project to incentivize them to increase investments into the target value chains, along with ongoing technical assistance. One of the key development hypotheses upon which USAID FinGAP was designed is that “smart incentives” can motivate FIs to expand agricultural lending and investment, and that once proof of concept is established, technical capacity is built, and the necessary…