Agri-SME Finance: Navigating Volatility in the Wake of the War in Ukraine

This learning brief summarizes the challenges, opportunities, and responses of agri-SMEs, financiers and development partners to the current food crisis, as described in a recent learning event hosted by the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN), the Good Food Hub, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It details the recent innovations undertaken by agri-preneurs, trends in lending to the agriculture sector among financial service providers, and recommendations for development actors to more effectively mobilize private financing for agri-SMEs during times of crisis.