Now available: 2019 State of the Sector report and financial benchmarking analysis. Learn more about challenges and opportunities in the evolving credit market for agricultural SMEs.

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) is an alliance focused on creating a thriving, sustainable and transparent financial market to serve the financing needs of small and growing agricultural businesses in low- and middle-income countries worldwide.


The council’s mission is to:

  1. Facilitate market entry and increase lending to agricultural businesses in the missing middle.
  2. Focus the agriculture finance sector on reaching and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s 450 million small-scale farmers.
  3. Promote responsible lending principles, including social,  environmental and corporate governance standards, among all financial institutions serving this market.


CSAF envisions a thriving, sustainable and transparent financial market that generates long-term economic, social and environmental benefits by meeting the financing needs of agricultural businesses that aggregate smallholder farmers in developing countries worldwide.