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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more
ADA-Microfinance
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. Read more

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. Read more

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

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. Read more