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Technical Assistance in microfinance to the Agricultural Enterprise Development Programme (AEDP) in Grenada

Гренада   /   2009

Сфера деятельности: , , Сельское хозяйство
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Objective of the project :

  • To promote rural economic development and diversification by improving access to credit for agricultural rural enterprise in Granada.

Approach implemented :

  • Desk study of documents provided by the Planning Department of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). Briefing by MOA officials.
  • Interviews with stakeholders and beneficiaries : MOA  personnel from the AEDP Credit Management Unit, Planning,  Extension, Agronomy, Plant Propagation, Livestock, Irrigation, Land Use, farmers, farmer-borrowers under AEDP, personnel of credit unions and banks, Ministry of Finance officials in the European Development Fund Special Services Unit (EDFSSU),  Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB) personnel, Grenada Authority For the Regulation of Financial Institutions (GARFIN),  members of an IFAD mission preparing a project supporting rural value chains, restaurant owners
  • Assessment of present Credit Programs : AEDP, Fisheries Scheme,  Irrigation Scheme, Credit Management Unit of AEDP
  • Development of best practices for a better access to credit
  • Review of all the information systems currently used in the administration of loan programmes in the MOA and the financial institution selected to implement the AEDP
  • Identification of four components which could help to better serve the farmers in terms of loans. Designing specification of technology tools for farmers to find market information and training.
  • Organisation of a workshop planned to be both a consultative and training activity for key stakeholders including: farmers, farmer-borrowers under AEDP, credit unions, banks, MOA Extension staff, other key MOA staff, agroprocessorts and MNIB staff. Workshop objectives included:
      • Engaging stakeholders in an environment in which they could comfortably discuss agricultural credit in
      • Training farmers in the information financial institutions require when considering agricultural loans
      • Explaining the components of an agricultural enterrpsie budget and cash flow as a simple business plan
      • Summarizing findings and lessons learned from AEDP
      • Describing microfinance best practices
      • Presenting an agricultural finance model that links the armer, the financial institution, marketing contracts (with NMIB) and agricultural extension (CADP)
      • Illustrating the applicability of the model beyond interaction with NMIB for future credit schemes

        All objectives of the training workshop which included 43 participants were achieved. It opened dialogue among farmers, financial institutions, MOA personnel, MNIB and agroprocessors.

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           

         

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           

         

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           

         

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           

         

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           

         

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           

         

         
         
         
         
         
           
         
         
           


Client : Ministère de l'Agriculture Grenade   -   Funding : EC


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