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.
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
Nathalia Rodriguez Vega
Senior Vice President, Credit
Regional Steering Commitee
Central America & Mexico
Credit Director - Central America & Mexico
Senior Investment Officer
responsAbility Investments AG
Portfolio Director - Africa
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.
Andrea Zinn, Global Coordinator
Andrea has consulted on various donor projects focused in coffee and other agricultural value chains and dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the globe, including initiatives funded by IFAD, USAID, GIZ, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Trade Centre. Through her previous work with Oikocredit, a CSAF founding member, she focused on investments to high-impact agri-SMEs in sustainably-sourced value chains. In addition to her role with CSAF, Andrea leads the design of Aceli Americas, which aims to adapt the Aceli Africa model to 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.