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The Development Impact of Concessional Finance to Agri-Business - A Rapid Evidence Review

Commercial Agriculture for Smallholder and Agribusiness (CASA)

This rapid evidence assessment used a combination of key informant interviews and targeted literature searches of publicly available information to answer the following questions: (1) What is the evidence supporting the development impact of different forms of concessional finance to agribusinesses with respect to job creation, better living conditions, access to nutritious foods and climate resilience? (2)Where are the major evidence gaps? The assessment considered a number of finance sources, including development finance institutions (DFIs) that work principally through institutional structures, impact investors that provide investment capital in exchange for both finance and social returns and challenge funds that competitively allocate resources for social returns but with some expectation of financial return or capital preservation. The study finds limited evidence for linking the provision of concessional capital to the achievement of development impact.

The study puts forward the following recommendations:

• The quality of data and primary level research can be improved by capital providers enforcing the use of existing measurement and reporting standards for implementing partners. • More should be done to use the findings from studies that have been commissioned but have not been published, even if they contain negative messages. • The existing sector co-ordination structures at a regional or global level should lead the identification of research priorities, focus resources and disseminate learning. • Increasing the contribution of independent researchers and academics to the evidence base by identifying and removing current impediments and, if necessary, providing financial support.

    17 Sep 20
    Policy and Research Reports
    Region Focus
    Caribbean, Central Africa, Central America, Central Asia, East Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Global, North Africa, North America, Oceania, South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, West Asia, Western Europe, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
    Sector Focus
    Agriculture, Financial Services
    Sub-Sector Focus
    Agricultural Inputs / Farm Productivity, Agriculture Finance, Agro-Processing, Climate Resilient / Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Trade Finance