Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.
Desjardins Développement international
For more than 40 years, Développement international Desjardins (DID) has been working with developing and emerging countries towards the goal of sharing the expertise and experience of Desjardins Group, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. Our goal is to provide disadvantaged communities around the world with access to secure, diversified financial services that fit their needs.
A pioneer in the deployment and development of microfinance around the world, DID today is a leading contributor to the sector.
AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture through stronger partnerships is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa.
AGRA is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.
AGRA’s programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment.
AGRA works to catalyze a uniquely African Green Revolution by creating transformative partnerships.
Despite the challenges African farmers face today – poor soils, degraded soils, unreliable water supplies, poor access to markets, insufficient access to finance and credit and too little government support – Africa‘s smallholder farmers produce most of Africa‘s food.
Africa is blessed with unique regions characterized by good soils, adequate rainfall, basic infrastructure and large numbers of smallholder farmers.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Our mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that “an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries.” One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production but structural problems relating to poverty, and to the fact that the majority of the developing world’s poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.
Making Finance Work for Africa
The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership is an initiative to support the development of African Financial Sectors. MFW4A is a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent, avoiding duplication and maximizing developmental impact.
Agence Française de Développement
Agence Française de Développement is the operator for France’s bilateral development finance mechanism. It is a public industrial and commercial institution with the status of specialized financial institution. Its action is in line with the policy set out in France’s Framework Document for Development Cooperation. This document was approved at the end of 2010 and in 2011 was translated into a three-year contract specifying objectives and resources between the French Government and AFD.
AFD’s teams are based in Paris and Marseille and in a network of seventy agencies and representations in developing countries and the French overseas provinces.
AFD Group comprises a private sector financing arm, Proparco, and is also a shareholder of housing companies and a financial company in the French overseas provinces, where the Group plays a specific role in this sector.
AFD is also responsible for the management of the French Global Environment Facility (French GEF), which cofinances projects that reconcile environment and development.
Over the past 20 years, ADA has been dedicated to building and catalysing the financial inclusion of populations excluded from conventional banking channels in developing countries.
We empower microfinance institutions and networks. Through the Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund, we also help them obtain the funding necessary for their sustainable growth. We focus on the development of innovative inclusive financial services, on capacity building and on action research.
We put our expertise to use in areas including youth financial inclusion, access to green energy through microfinance, microinsurance, and reinvested savings through remittances for migrants. We also put our know-how forward to individual States and collaborate with them to support their inclusive finance expansion strategies.
ADA is a non-governmental organisation approved and cofinanced by the Luxembourg Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and is placed under the High Patronage of Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.
African Institute for Remittances (AIR) projectis led by African Union with the support of the World Bank and the European Commission, and in cooperation with the African Development Bank and the International Organization for Migration.
The core objectives of the African Institute Remittances project are to:
(a) Facilitate the process leading to the creation of the Institute
(b) Build the capacity of the Member States of the African Union, remittance senders and recipients and other stakeholders to develop and implement concrete strategies and operational instruments to use remittances as development tools for poverty reduction.
The overriding purpose of these consultations is to involve the broadest possible spectrum of stakeholders from Africa and the Diaspora in a discussion on remittances and how they are sent and used.