As organizations based on communal ownership, smallholder producer cooperatives are deeply rooted in the principle of democratic participation, which ensures that the cooperative’s activities benefit the community as a whole. Incofin, advisor to the FAF, considers good corporate governance fundamental to a cooperative’s ability to achieve its mission and to ensure its long-term sustainability.
The Fairtrade Access Fund (FAF), managed by Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), held a “Mini-Forum for Coffee Exporting leaders” at the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), a half day seminar for its agricultural division clients. The Mini-Forum aimed at expanding the clients´ knowledge on some of the most important cross-cutting topics in smallholder agriculture today.
How can investors, fund managers, financial institutions and donors overcome the “last mile” challenge of attending hard-to-reach rural populations with targeted financial services?
In October 2013, the first EIB Rural Impulse Fund (RIF II) Symposium in Africa was held in Mombasa, Kenya. The purpose of the Symposium was to encourage capacity building and peer-to-peer learning for microfinance practitioners coming from the African, Caribbean and ACP countries.