Annual Learning Event 2023

On 16 and 17 May 2023, AMEA held its third annual learning event (ALE). Our aim was to: ● Communicate findings from the Tool Improvement Facility (TIF) projects and case studies● Generate debate about the findings● Inform the next round of case studies and research● Communicate the BDS Roadmap processes started in Local Networks● Find […]

lessons from AGRA’s Input Finance Model (technical note)

This case study examines the risk-sharing input finance model implemented by one of AMEA’s members, AGRA, in Ghana and Burkina Faso over the past several years. Following a successful proof of concept in Ghana, AGRA replicated the model with context-specific adaptations in Burkina Faso beginning in 2019 (with first financing taking place in 2020). The […]

lessons from AGRA’s Input Finance Model in Ghana and Burkina Faso

This case study examines the risk-sharing input finance model implemented by one of AMEA’s members, AGRA, in Ghana and Burkina Faso over the past several years. Following a successful proof of concept in Ghana, AGRA replicated the model with context-specific adaptations in Burkina Faso beginning in 2019 (with first financing taking place in 2020). The […]

Access to finance lessons from the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire

AMEA commissioned a case study to understand if the technical assistance and Business Development Services provided to producer organizations has enabled them to access finance. Additionally, this study highlights promising approaches to delivering segmented, targeted capacity development and explores the need for a database of cocoa Producer Organizations. Download the case study here

Glimmer adaptation of ALP and SCOPE tools for rural SACCOS

As part of its approach, Glimmer promotes capacity building of Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives (RuSACCOs) to serve as the primary financial resource for local communities. Glimmer selected two tools in the AMEA Toolbox: SCOPEinsight’s SCOPE Basic assessment tool to evaluate RuSACCOs’ business management capacity; and IFC’s Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) for training and coaching […]

ICCO STARS Case Study

The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program was an $18 million, five-year initiative (2016-2021) implemented by ICCO (now part of Cordaid) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and ICCO Terrafina to increase access to finance and markets for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. STARS was implemented in four countries—Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal—to develop […]

AMEA Annual Learning Event

This report is AMEA’s first Annual Learning Report and synthesizes the learning from case studies undertaken in 2020. It begins by outlining the purpose of this report and providing a short overview of the case studies and their outcomes. The report then discusses the lessons learned and ends with a learning agenda for 2021. Download […]