This report is part of a series of case studies that provide insights into various mechanisms used to increase access to finance for smallholder farmers, SMEs and communities in their efforts to contribute to sustainable landscapes. The case studies focus on the strategies used by various stakeholders to reduce the risks of selected financial flows for investors, intermediaries and recipients. These case studies follow up on recommendations made by participants in the consultative process on innovative finance for sustainable landscapes. The goal is to provide more evidence of successful strategies in order to increase access to finance for smallholder farmers, SMEs and communities.
This case study looks at how an international agribusiness, the source of the flow, strengthens the capacity of its smallholder providers to generate more income from their cocoa production and become more climate resilient. The case study focuses on how the company integrates technical support to producers with strengthening their capacity to save and invest through village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) in Ghana.