Bridging the Gap

AgResults Senegal Crop Storage Finance Challenge Project

Managed by Connexus, this Pay-for-Results prize competition incentivizes private sector actors and producer groups in Senegal to upgrade warehouses and develop storage-based finance schemes for smallholder farmers. The five-year project employs monetary prizes to incentivize private sector warehouse owners and managers to engage with financial institutions (FIs) and producer organizations to offer storage-based financing services […]

Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services Activity

Connexus is working with USAID and Winrock International to implement the Feed the Future Nigeria AEAS Activity, leveraging the power of Nigerian entrepreneurship to facilitate learning, replication, and scale around alternative models of extension to increase access and adoption of agricultural technologies for at least two million smallholder farmers (SHFs) in Benue, Cross River, Delta, […]

Feed the Future Senegal Nafoore Warsaaji (Gardens of Abundance)

As prime contractor, Connexus is leading this five-year, $12.5M activity which has earned consistent “Very Good” ratings on its Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPARS) from USAID/Senegal for the past four years. The activity focuses on establishing private sector engagements (PSEs) with leading agribusinesses, producer organizations, and local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create six […]

Linking Infrastructure, Finance and Farms to Cashew (LIFFT Cashew)

As part of USDA’s grant Linking Infrastructure, Finance and Farms to Cashew (LIFFT Cashew) awarded to Shelter for Life in 2017, Connexus played a leading role in facilitating access to agricultural finance, investment, and marketing to strengthen the cashew growing regions of Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. Connexus supported supply and demand for agricultural […]

GROW Liberia

Connexus developed a financial product backed by a guarantee fund to support vegetable traders in Monrovia for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s (Sida) GROW Liberia project. Connexus conducted interviews with all project stakeholders to understand the value chain and market dynamics, and partnered with a local financial institution to develop the operational processes and […]

Agricultural Value Chain Study

Connexus conducted research on the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Group’s private sector investments and initiatives in Latin American and Caribbean countries related to agricultural value chains. The study included desk research on high agricultural growth value chains and a detailed assessment of IADB’s current investment vehicles and projects, including on-site visits and interviews with IADB […]

Agricultural Finance Strengthening in Vietnam

Connexus was contracted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help banks design, adjust, and implement financial services in rural areas targeting farmers and agribusinesses, primarily through the development and presentation of an “Agrifinance Toolkit.” Building on IFC’s in-house knowledge, Connexus organized the content, tools, and processes used in successful agricultural lending. In addition, Connexus […]

Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG)

The USAID Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG) project increased smallholder incomes by promoting private sector investments and connecting smallholders to markets to transform the Rwandan agricultural sector. As part of the RTI-led consortium, Connexus vetted small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in targeted value chains and connected them with local financial institutions (FIs) to […]

Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA)

Leading the Banking Capacity Building Component, Connexus provided short- and long-term assistance to USAID’s $108 million Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) in partnership with Chemonics International. FAIDA worked to build a sustainable and inclusive financial sector that meets the needs of micro, small, and medium enterprises, ensuring that they have […]

Financial Bundling in Kenya

Connexus worked with Netafim Ltd., one of the world’s largest drip irrigation manufacturers and its local distributor, Amiran, to facilitate access to finance for Kenyan smallholder farmers to purchase Netafim’s drip irrigation systems. Connexus worked with local financial institutions to develop and market an innovative loan product that included affordable financing to purchase the drip […]

Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (FinGAP)

In Ghana, Connexus worked on the USAID Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (USAID FinGAP), leading the training and coaching activities to build the institutional capacity of financial institutions (FIs) to engage in agricultural financial services more effectively. Connexus adapted its well-respected agricultural value chain finance training to the Ghanaian context and conducted more advanced training modules […]

Elan RDC (Phase 2)

Connexus developed financial products tailored to the needs of river transporters and coffee exporters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for DFID’s (UK Department for International Development) ÉLAN RDC project. Connexus conducted training sessions for 90 river transporters in business management, financial management, and the formation and management of savings and credit groups. These […]

Financing Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Colombia

Connexus worked with ECOM Colombia, locally known as Compañía Colombiana Agroindustrial (CCA), to strengthen their lending operations and facilitate access to finance for smallholder coffee farmers in the Huila region of Colombia. The work was part of a public-private partnership project with funding from ECOM and the Dutch Development Agency. To strengthen lending operations, Connexus […]

Access to Finance for Smallholder Cocoa Farmers in the Caribbean

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Connexus worked with the St. Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC) to assist the Farmers Support Company (FSC) to enhance its lending program to smallholder farmers. To build the capacity of FSC staff, Connexus conducted its agricultural value chain finance training along with strategy planning and product development workshops. Connexus helped […]

Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Decentralisation – Rural Economic Development (AIPD Rural)

Connexus conducted an assessment on credible options for increasing access to agricultural financing for rural farmers as part of the PRISMA program of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Decentralisation – Rural Economic Development (AIPD Rural), which was supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). As part of the evaluation, Connexus examined the […]