Producer organizations are key actors in rural areas. And yet, they are virtually unknown to most financial institutions. The converse is also true. As a rule, producer organizations and financial institutions ingore each other’s modus operandi, rules, needs and constraints.
In order to bridge this gap, CERISE has developed an Operational Guide to building partnerships between producer organizations and financial institutions. Developed in conjunction with FARM Foundation, the Guide draws on action-research carried out by IRC in Niger. It shows how to analyze the financial needs and constraints of producers and teaches producer organizations how to effectively access and use financial services.
Because alliances between producer organizations and financial institutions are critical to meeting the huge need for agricultural finance, this Guide should help increase farmers’ financial access.