African and international best practises in increasing access to rural and agricultural finance

Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in association with Kadale Consultants (Malawi) Ltd., has been engaged by FinMark Trust to undertake a study of African and international innovations and best practices at the policy level, industry level, supplier level and client level to improve access to agricultural and rural financial services in southern African countries.

The study is the second phase of a three-year programme to increase access to and the uptake of rural and agricultural financial services in southern Africa: the first phase documented the current state of rural and agricultural financial services in six Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries (Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe), and the third phase will use the findings of the first two phases to help create policy frameworks, strategic approaches, and country and regional programmes to address the rural and agricultural financial services challenges identified.