A multi-donor initiative working to close the global smallholder financing gap so smallholder farmers have the right forms of finance to continue to invest in their farms, increase productivity and improve their overall livelihoods


270 million smallholder farmers in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia have over $200 Billion in unmet financing needs that severely constraint their ability to grow and develop


By acting as a design catalyst and thought leader to mobilize additional investment and seed replication of innovative models

GDI's Role

GDI established this initiative after identifying a need for multi-stakeholder collaboration to close a gap in financing for smallholder farmers. An action plan was created in 2012 and launched in the landmark report Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance. Most importantly, GDI brought together key players from across the smallholder farmer value chain- from banks to agricultural non-profits- parties who otherwise may have never collaborated despite their shared goals.

Key People

Tom CarrollDirector, GDIMatt ShakhovskoyExecutive Director, ISFDan ZookDirector of Investments, ISF

Focus Area