The Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF
The Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) is a multi-donor and investor platform for the development of financial services for the smallholder farmer market. It was launched in May 2013 with the intention of making marked progress toward closing the gap between the over $200 billion in smallholder financing need and the current $50 billion supply in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
ISF’s latest landmark report, Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance, puts forth an ambitious call to action that would allow formal financial institutions and value chain actors to double projected annual growth (from roughly 7% to 14%) and allow these providers to meet more than half the need by 2025.
With this in mind, the ISF’s primary role moving forward is to act as a "design catalyst." The emphasis is on mobilizing additional financing for smallholders and seeding replication of innovative models in new markets.
The ISF is housed in the Global Development Incubator (GDI), a non-profit, public charity designed to support innovative organizations and initiatives that have the opportunity to create large-scale social change. To date, sponsors of the ISF have included the Citi Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Small Foundation, and USAID. Root Capital, TechnoServe, the One Acre Fund, CGAP, IDH, Business Fights Poverty, and ANDE provide advisory support.