Opportunities in the sector

On this page you will find selected opportunities to work with others, learn, or seek funding for projects in the area of agri-SME and smallholder finance.

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FAO: Agribusiness Investment Support Specialist. Due date: 31 December.

FAO is seeking an Agribusiness Investment Support Specialist to join its Investment Centre Division to contribute to support the FAO and EBRD cooperation programme. The programme responsible private sector investment in the agriculture sector. Find out more.

ISF Advisors: Manager. Due date: Rolling.

ISF Advisors is hiring a Manager based in Abidjan to unlock capital flow in the cashew sector and to work with the ISF team to develop and launch the Cashew Catalyst Fund. ISF Advisors is an advisory group committed to transforming rural economies by delivering partnerships and investment structures that promote financial inclusion for rural enterprises and smallholder farmers. Find out more.

One Acre Fund: Rwanda Finance and Strategy Manager. Due date: Rolling.

One Acre Fund is seeking a motivated professional to lead its Finance & Strategy department in Rwanda, supporting strategic projects to increase farmer impact and efficiency. One Acre Fund focuses on making farmers more prosperous by providing quality farm supplies on credit, and agricultural training to improve harvests. Find out more.

FAO: Investment Operations Specialists. Due date: 31 December.

FAO is seeking a number of Investment Operations Specialists to join its Investment Centre Division (DPI) to support in promoting investment in food security, agriculture, rural development and more in developing countries. Find out more.

U.S. Department of Treasury: Senior Financial Inclusion Advisor. Due date: 31 March.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) is hiring a Senior Financial Inclusion Advisor with experience in SME lending to join the Banking & Financial Services team to provide a range of policy, managerial and technical advice focused on increasing responsible access to finance in the developing world. The team focuses on the establishment and maintenance of inclusive financial sectors across the globe. Find out more.


Call for applications: Right Sharing of World Resources provides seed grants to small grassroots organizations to implement women-led, income-generating projects.

Right Sharing of World Resources is offering seed grants to small grassroots organizations to implement women-led, income-generating projects in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and south India. Find out more.

Call for applications: SME Impact Fund

SME Impact Fund provides loans, skills and knowledge to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in agricultural value chains in order to reinforce linkages between rural entrepreneurs and regional, national and export markets. Find out more.

Call for applications: Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Nirsal Microfinance Bank is offering an Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme that provides training and funding for the promotion of agricultural businesses and small/medium enterprises as vehicles for sustainable economic development. Find out more.

Call for applications: Hortifin

Hortifin is a ring-fenced loan facility targeting fruit value chains in South Africa. The facility is willing to provide to applicants, innovative and comprehensive financing and support systems in a manner that promotes job creation, transformation and sustainability. Find out more.


Course: Macroeconomic implications of Financial Development and Inclusion

The IMF Institute is offering courses explaining the macroeconomic implications of financial development and inclusion. The course presents financial inclusion as an integral dimension of financial development. Find out more.

Course: Rural Finance, Agricultural Lending and Value Chain Finance.

The Boulder Institute is providing courses for practioners to learn about Rural Finance, Agricultural Lending, as well as Value Chain Finance. Find out more.

Course: Advanced Credit Analysis & SME Lending for Microfinance Managers. From 9 to 13 November 2020

The Financial Inclusion Advocacy Centre is providing a course on advanced Credit Analysis and SME lending for Microfinance Managers. Find out more.

Course: Leading Inclusive Finance in the Digital Age. From 16 to 20 November

Boulder Institute of Microfinance, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, is offering a programme on inclusive finance with a special focus on digital transformation. The course is designed for senior financial inclusion professionals. Find out more.

Course: Agricultural Value Chain Management and Market Linkages. From 2 November – 15 March

Devimpact Institute is providing courses through diverse activities on agricultural value chain management and market linkages, with a special module on value chain financing. Find out more.

E-learning: MSMEs in the Forest Sector. Self-paced

The World Bank’s open learning campus is providing a self-paced e-learning course to learn more about issues related to access to finance for MSMEs in the forest sector. Find out more.

Course: E-Commerce for SMEs: An Introduction for Policymakers. Starting date: 23 November

ITC and Diplo Foundation are providing a course to assist participants in identifying the key components of competitiveness from a business perspective across the e-commerce process chain, from establishing a business online, to international e-payment, cross-border delivery and aftersales. Find out more.

Course: Impact Investing. From 5 – 7 May 2021

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is hosting an Impact Investing programme. During the training, participants will develop skills in investment strategy, outcome appraisal techniques and the art of “deal-making”. Find out more.

Course: Agricultural and rural finance training programme. From 9 - 20 November 2020

ADA is offering a training program on agricultural and rural finance. After attending, participants will be able to use the principles and tools provided to formulate strategies to design and deliver products which contribute to the financing of agricultural value chains. Find out more.

Certificate: Food & Agribusiness Management in a Digital Age

Agribusiness Academy is offering an executive certificate for Food and Agribusiness Management in a Digital Age. The training provides the opportunity to analyse value chains, design business models and understand agrifood trends and technologies. Find out more.

Online Course: Certified Expert in SME Finance. From March – August 2021

The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is offering a training course on good practices in micro and SME finance in developing and transition countries. Find out more.

Training: IFC Agribusiness Leadership Program.

IFC launched a training program to support the professionalization of farmers’ organizations. The programme integrates SCOPEinsight assessments for capacity and creditworthiness, classroom training and coaching designed to improve the management skills and professionalism of farmers’ organizations. The program is delivered in-person or online in local languages and is customized for organizations of varying sizes, crop sectors and education levels. Find out more.

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