Opinion editorial

Blended finance: a case of innovative partnership in Burkina Faso’s critical cotton sector

Cotton is the main cash crop in Burkina Faso. The cotton sector provides a livelihood for more than 3 million people, and is the largest employer and the second largest foreign currency earner in the country. However, shifts in global demand and commodity prices have made it difficult for cotton companies to secure financing. This threatens the economic development of Burkina Faso, a country that recently went through political unrest.

Unlocking capital for smallholder farmers through blended finance

The Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) explains its approach to helping small-scale farmers access the finance they need.

Building up the rural asset base

New report discusses how collaboration can create an effective ecosystem for asset finance, and how blended finance models are already showing success.

Developing countries’ own financial sector can support blended finance arrangements

A forthcoming CTA report discusses what Central Banks are already doing, and what they can do to achieve greater leverage.