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Harnessing the Power of Savings and Lending Communities to Drive Agroenterprise Development in Ghana

Cracking the Nut Conference: Overcoming Obstacles to Rural and Agricultural Finance

For smallholder farmers in Ghana, limited access to agricultural finance and quality agriculture extension support are the two most binding constraints to achieving increased production and productivity. The farmers also struggle to find reliable and qualified agricultural extension support. This paper highlights an innovative strategy used by CRS to mobilize partners into small groups in order to improve their access to finance for agricultural investment through savings and internal lending communities (SILC) and enhance the outreach of extension officers without increasing their workload.  

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Reader Comments (1)

This is very informative and it is exciting to see how the two activities have operated together in such a postive manner. The cross training idea was ingenious and leads to a great synergy. Thanks for sharing this data and I look forward to a full report.

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Good

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