New release: 2020 State of the Sector Report and Executive Summary. Read about CSAF’s response to COVID-19, lending data from 2019, and priorities for 2020.

About Us

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Founded in 2012 as a forum for lenders to share learning, CSAF now includes 16 members and affiliates committed to market growth and impact.

CSAF Members

CSAF members convene to share learning, develop industry standards and best practices, and engage other stakeholders to address barriers to market growth and impact.

Members

Global Members

Regional Members

Affiliates

Global Affiliates

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Regional Affiliates

CSAF Partners

GDI is the institutional host for CSAF. GDI is a leading incubator focused on building and scaling the next generation of development impact solutions in frontier markets. GDI provides strategic guidance, staffing, and other support services.

MIX is the data partner of CSAF. Housed at Accion as a unit within the Center for Financial Inclusion, MIX’s catalytic data initiatives encourage the growth of inclusive markets and support informed thinking on the future of financial services. Since 2016, MIX has partnered with CSAF to build data standards and create data and insights on lending to agricultural SMEs, publicly available through the CSAF Open Data Portal.

Field Building Partners

Field Building Partners are like-minded institutions that support CSAF’s work in building a responsible financial market for agricultural SMEs.

CSAF Leadership

As a network of lending practitioners, CSAF is led by its member institutions. Members elect a Global Steering Committee and manage working groups on topics such as impact and responsible lending principles with the support of a core team.

Most CSAF members also have regional representatives who participate in regional chapters that are led by Regional Steering Committees. CSAF currently has active regional chapters in Central America, East Africa, and South America with chapters in West Africa and Asia set to open in the future.

Global Steering Committee

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Jean-Marc Debricon

General Manager
Alterfin

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Mauricio Benitez

Head of Agricultural Credit
responsAbility

tcarroll

Tom Carroll

Senior Advisor
GDI

Regional Steering Commitee

Central America & Mexico

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Odalier Chacon

Credit Director - Central America & Mexico
Root Capital

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Rachel Joyce-Gibbons

Head of Debt Investment Agriculture Latin America
responsAbility Investments AG

rmosqueira

Rosarito Mosqueira

Senior Investment Manager
Incofin Investment Management

East Africa

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Newton Nthiga

Portfolio Director - Africa
Global Partnerships

jnyambok

James Nyambok

Head of Lending & General Manager
Root Capital

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Michael Musau

Investment Manager
Alterfin

South America

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Maricarmen Gallo

Investment Officer
responsAbility Investments AG

mvalera

Martha Valera Wunder

Senior Loan Officer
Root Capital

CSAF Team

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Brian Milder, Director

Brian co-founded CSAF in 2012 and has been actively involved in its growth. He is also the CEO of Aceli Africa, a market incentive facility initiated by CSAF and now operated independently that unlocks finance for inclusive agriculture by CSAF members as well as commercial banks and other local lenders in East Africa. He previously served as the Chief Innovation Officer at Root Capital, where he led the impact and advisory teams and designed impact-linked finance mechanisms to expand lending for new borrowers and support tree crop replanting.

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Nadia Martinez, Global Coordinator

Provides advisory services on inclusive smallholder commercialization and agri-SME growth using blended finance models. Previously, held senior-level roles in development organizations in Africa and Latin America.

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Liz Cottle, Associate

Previously led a microfinance project in Malawi, managed strategic partnerships at Peace Corps, supported international policy related to the UN's sustainable Development Goals at Global Citizen, and enhanced economic opportunity in the US workforce development sector at the Work First Foundation.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a member or affiliate and believe your organization meets the requirements, please contact us using the form.

CSAF also welcomes outreach from prospective partners and researchers, but please note that we have limited capacity to respond to all inquiries.