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 convene to share learning, develop industry standards and best practices, and engage other stakeholders to address barriers to market growth and impact.
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.
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
Head of Agricultural Credit
Regional Steering Commitee
Central America & Mexico
Credit Director - Central America & Mexico
Head of Debt Investment Agriculture Latin America
responsAbility Investments AG
Senior Investment Manager
Incofin Investment Management
Portfolio Director - Africa
Head of Lending & General Manager
responsAbility Investments AG
Martha Valera Wunder
Senior Loan Officer
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.
Nadia Martinez, Global Coordinator
Nadia provides advisory services on inclusive smallholder commercialization and agri-SME growth using blended finance models to achieve development impact. She managed technical assistance programs to prepare rural enterprises for acceleration to onward financing. Nadia is an expert in designing, implementing and evaluating impact investment programs integrating smallholders, and previously she held senior-level roles in development organizations in Africa and Latin America.
Liz Cottle, Associate
Liz led a microfinance project in Malawi in 2017, resulting in the generation of sustainable income for local women. She went on to engage strategic partnerships at Peace Corps Headquarters where she supported the renewal of multiple agreements and partnership formations. Liz has also enhanced economic opportunity by leading skills development trainings and conducting research on US social welfare policy at the Work First Foundation.