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CSAF Lending

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CSAF has been collecting lending data from our members since 2013. Over the period 2013-2023, CSAF members cumulatively lent $6.9B to 1,759 businesses that have supported 7M smallholder farmers.

CSAF member lending in 2023 is characterized by the following:

  • Lending volume decreased, though number of borrowers grew slightly. Disbursements decreased to $697M, an 8% decline from the prior year. However, total number of borrowers increased driven by loans less than $250K.
  • Risk increased, driven by borrower challenges amid overlapping crises. Agri-SMEs faced price volatility, supply chain challenges, weather events, increased costs of inputs, labor shortages, and other setbacks. In particular, risk increased in South America and Africa and for loans greater than $1M.
  • Coffee activity saw its steepest drop in the past decade. Driven by a volatile market and significant challenges in Peru—the most important country for coffee lending—coffee disbursements dropped by $86M.
  • Lenders have increased technical assistance to help borrowers mitigate risk. Lenders report investing in clients through increased business development services, especially to increase management capacity and build climate resilience.

Learn more by reading our State of the Sector reports and visiting the CSAF Open Data Portal.

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