ICCO and AUXFIN join forces to develop agricultural value chains and to boost digital financial inclusion in rural areas
In order to support agribusiness activities in Burundi, ICCO COOPERATION and AUXFIN have decided to combine their efforts to jointly support the development and financing of value chains to promote the agricultural sector as a whole. ICCO and AUXFIN want to work together to strengthen the development of market-oriented agriculture in Burundi as the mandates of both organizations reflect complementarities.
The partnership between ICCO and AUXFIN is part of contributing to the fight against food insecurity and poverty in rural areas through the development of agricultural value chains and access to financial services for farmers. The two organizations will rely on complementarities in their interventions with the populations of the rural world both for the development and for the financing of the agricultural value chains each in its area of specialization.
Signing ceremony, with (from left to right) Willy HATUNGIMANA, Country Director ICCO - Pieter Spaarman, Country Representative of ICCO - Yannick Chokola, Country Director AUXFIN - Cornelis Heesbeen, CEO AUXFIN International.
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The Government of Burundi continues to make efforts to improve agriculture. A good improvement of agriculture requires a good knowledge of farmers. Through its PNSEB program (National program for fertilizers subsidy), farmers obtain chemical fertilizers at subsidized prices. It is important to have a solid and good quality database to better serve farmers. In this work, AUXFIN has received the trust of the partners. Thus, all over the country, since the end of May (May 27th), AUXFIN Burundi is registering farmers in the UMVA platform. Once registered, farmers receive a unique identification number. At the end of this registration, more than one million farmers will be in the UMVA database. AUXFIN Burundi has deployed more than 200 agents to carry out this noble work. Thus, each municipality has 2 activators and as many supervisors as provinces. This is to ensure a better quality of work in progress.
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