Whether facilitating partnerships or building
financial structures, our work takes many forms.

Blended investment fund design and development

ISF advised a multi-lateral client on the design and development of a blended public and private debt investment fund focused on rural SMEs and smallholder producer organizations, with a supporting technical assistance facility to reduce investment risk.

Sustainable supply chain financing facility

Sponsored by a US charitable foundation, ISF designed a supply chain financing facility that incentivizes suppliers to meet sustainability standards of global cotton and apparel buyers through low-cost post-shipment financing. ISF is currently facilitating a group of partners working together to implement the model.

West African Commodity Alliance

As a strategic financial services partner to a leading pre-competitive commodity alliance, ISF identified pre-competitive investment structures and activities that members can collectively execute to promote access to finance for rural enterprises in West Africa, such as new risk-sharing facilities, federated collection of shared farmer data, and financial service sector policy advocacy.

Financing for East African agro-processors

ISF is part of a nutrition alliance with a technical assistance provider and an NGO to provide customized technical and financial assistance to food processors in East Africa. As the lead Access to Finance partner, ISF assessed local and regional lending institutions and risk-reduction mechanisms, facilitated market linkages to appropriate forms of investment – and where local services were not available – ISF facilitated the creation of new platforms to provide food processors equity and debt.

Global public-private partnership

ISF conducted a governance diagnostic of an alliance of public and private agricultural organizations who collectively seek to integrate over one million smallholders into structured offtake agreements. The diagnostic led to the establishment of a more formal management structure to grow the platform and ensure value addition for all involved parties.

Southeast Asia blended finance facility

As an advisor to a Tropical Landscape Financing Facility (TLFF), ISF is identifying relevant rural finance investment pipeline and advising on an associated technical assistance grant facility. This blended finance facility provides 10-15 year debt to landscape rehabilitation projects, smallholder productivity, low carbon growth, and sustainable energy in Southeast Asia.

African coffee supply chain project

ISF conducted a pre-feasibility study to explore pathways to smallholder coffee input finance in Tanzania and Uganda. ISF engaged with supply chain partners to identify key bottlenecks in the provision of pre-harvest credit, developed solutions to solve these bottlenecks, and offered insight into how industry partners and host government institutions can contribute to solutions.

Southeast Asian social enterprise growth plan

ISF is advising a leading Southeast Asian social enterprise that provides farm advisory services, finance, and irrigation products to smallholder farmers as the institution positions itself for the next phase of growth. ISF’s adivsory work includes setting a strategic growth framework, defining product and service integration, and charting a roadmap that incorporates a capital raise.

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