ISF’s work as an advisory group, partnership facilitator, and research institution takes many forms. Click the links below to learn more about our recent projects.
ISF is advising a multi-lateral client on the design and development of a blended public and private debt investment fund focused on rural SMEs and smallholder producer organizations, with a supporting technical assistance facility to reduce investment risk.
Sponsored by a US charitable foundation, ISF designed a supply chain financing facility that incentivizes suppliers to meet sustainability standards of global cotton and apparel buyers through low-cost post-shipment financing. ISF is currently facilitating a group of partners working together to implement the model.
As a strategic financial services partner to a leading pre-competitive commodity alliance, ISF identified pre-competitive investment structures and activities that members can collectively execute to promote access to finance for rural enterprises in West Africa, such as new risk-sharing facilities, federated collection of shared farmer data, and financial service sector policy advocacy.
Over a period of 12-16 months, ISF facilitated stakeholder engagement between a microfinance institution and its value chain partners in Uganda and Rwanda to strengthen partnerships that effectively deliver appropriate products that will increase productivity and income among smallholder farmers.
ISF conducted a governance diagnostic of an alliance of public and private agricultural organizations who collectively seek to integrate over one million smallholders into structured offtake agreements. The diagnostic led to the establishment of a more formal management structure to grow the platform and ensure value addition for all involved parties.
As an advisor to a Tropical Landscape Financing Facility (TLFF), ISF is identifying relevant rural finance investment pipeline and advising on an associated technical assistance grant facility. This blended finance facility provides 10-15 year debt to landscape rehabilitation projects, smallholder productivity, low carbon growth, and sustainable energy in Southeast Asia.
ISF conducted a pre-feasibility study to explore pathways to smallholder coffee input finance in Tanzania and Uganda. ISF engaged with supply chain partners to identify key bottlenecks in the provision of pre-harvest credit, developed solutions to solve these bottlenecks, and offered insight into how industry partners and host government institutions can contribute to solutions.
ISF is advising a leading Southeast Asian social enterprise that provides farm advisory services, finance, and irrigation products to smallholder farmers as the institution positions itself for the next phase of growth. ISF's adivsory work includes setting a strategic growth framework, defining product and service integration, and charting a roadmap that incorporates a capital raise.