Are investments focused on smallholder farmers the next big growth area in impact investing? Kusi Hornberger, Global Partnerships' VP, Investment Research, looks at the case for impact, the dramatic growth in this type of portfolio in recent years and the remaining challenges.
Global Partnerships (GP) recently disbursed a working-capital loan to a new partner, COOPEFACSA (Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Fondo Campesino de San Antonio), a savings and credit cooperative offering financial services to rural, smallholder farmer populations in the Autonomous Region of the South Atlantic (RAAS) in Nicaragua.
In the first quarter of 2015, Global Partnerships achieved two exciting "firsts." GP made its first investments in Paraguay, marking our entry into our 13th country. And, GP reached an important milestone of impacting over three million lives. Learn more in Global Partnerships' Investors Report:
Have you ever wondered how Global Partnerships uses philanthropic gifts to create impact? Would you like to understand how research funded by philanthropy helps establish strategic partnerships that expand opportunity for people living in poverty?
In our Investors Report for the fourth quarter of 2014, our Chief Investment and Operating Officer, Mark Coffey, highlights Global Partnerships’ work in rural livelihoods, the challenges in serving small-lot farmers, and promising new channels to deliver credit, technical assistance and market access.