Farmer-to-Farmer Access to Finance Program
Scope of Work
Agriculture and Agriculture Finance Volunteer Experts
Farmer-to-Farmer Access to Finance Program Background:
The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Access to Finance Program is designed to address deficits in the financial ecosystem hindering investment and growth in agriculture for individual farmers, as well as micro, small, and medium sized enterprises, with a special focus on assistance to women and youth.
Focusing on Kenya, Tanzania and Sri Lanka, the F2F Access to Finance Program will work with local partner organizations and volunteer host organizations to field experts from the U.S. agriculture, corporate and banking sectors to address systematic capacity constraints for farmers and lenders in each targeted country and unlock finance for improved agricultural production.
To address deficits in the financial ecosystem, the F2F Program seeks to: 1) enhance farmers’ bankability via pre-loan preparation including mentoring youth and women with entrepreneurship training; 2) catalyze product innovation by building the capacity of hosts while helping them better understand the needs of farmer borrowers, mitigate the risks of agricultural lending, and better reach women and youth as customers; and 3) provide post-loan support by coaching borrowers and providing complementary assistance on utilization of equipment and technology.
Although specific responsibilities vary according to each assignment, volunteer expert will work in conjunction with IESC’s Washington, DC and Farmer-to-Farmer country program staff to execute the following activities:
Expertise of Volunteer Experts Requested:
USAID and IESC encourages all F2F volunteers to participate in public outreach. An important objective of the program is to increase awareness of Americans’ good work in developing countries. Volunteers should select at least one outreach activity from the list below, to be completed within two months of return to the US:
☐ Write an entry for the IESC blog.
☐ Post a photo, video, or text related to the F2F assignment on a personal website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter, or other social media site. –And send a link to IESC staff.
☐ Send a press release to local newspaper(s) in the volunteer’s home town. (IESC can provide a template).
☐ Write something for an alumni or professional association newsletter, or other publication. (IESC can help as needed).
☐ Give a presentation about the F2F assignment to colleagues, students, church group, rotary club, etc.
☐ Send an email about F2F to friends, family, or colleagues.
Volunteer Expert Support:
IESC provides comprehensive support to volunteer experts before, during and after the anticipated assignment. Support includes: