Call for Articles – Innovative schemes and experience for value chain finance

Call for Submission of Articles

Theme: Innovative schemes and experiences in enhancing smallholder-inclusive value chain finance

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities. Supporting smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance is one of CTA’s work areas.

In order to improve the understanding of the scope of techniques that can be used to successfully structure agricultural value chain financing for smallholders, CTA wishes to gather papers on any of the following issues:

Series 1: Mobile applications for enhancing agri-value chain finance

Series 2: Smallholder-inclusive finance for non-traditional value chains

Series 3: Value chain finance for climate change resilience.Fin4ag

Fees: Up to 5 000 Euros for best papers

Language: Proposals may be submitted in either French or English.

Deadline: Proposals (1st draft) must be submitted by email to CTAVCFpapers@cta.int and no later than 30 January 2015at 23:59 hours, Netherlands time.

Download the call for submission of articles including detailed guidelines for submitting applications here http://bit.ly/call-4-proposals-fin4ag

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About Graduate Farmers

TGFA is a civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors who deal with agriculture and agriculture marketing in general. The major aim of TGFA is to develop, promote, and influence structured business and initiatives that encourages and motivate youth especially graduates to tap in profitable agriculture value chains in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania with defined rules and regulations. TGFA also aimed at bringing dialogues for advocating improvement of the policy and enabling business environment in the country economy, strengthen information dissemination, technology and innovation, agribusiness development skills, business linkages and reduce constraints along the sector value chain. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers.
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