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Climate Smart Agriculture Market Studies

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Countries
Ethiopia, Rwanda and Ghana
Duration
04/2020 - 01/2021
Client
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Climate smart agriculture (CSA) represents a great opportunity to profitably improve the sustainability of agriculture. However, financing from local banks for agricultural producers generally, and CSA specifically, remains limited. In this context, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) commissioned UNIQUE to conduct climate smart agriculture market studies in Ghana, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The purpose of the market studies was to identify profitable business models and recommend credit products that the IFC can use to support investment in these models. UNIQUE assessed different client segments, developed cashflow projection models for CSA models, and created loan products to suit investment.

Our contribution

  • Evaluation of agricultural value chains and financial institutions’ customer segments
  • Development of climate smart agriculture business models
  • Assessment of lending environment for climate smart agriculture
  • Recommendation of credit products

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Who we are
We are an internationally leading German consulting company for forest management and sustainable land use. Our clients are private companies and non-governmental organizations, as well as public institutions such as ministries, forest administrations, development banks and organizations implementing development cooperation. We provide comprehensive support in addressing technical, political and economic challenges in the land use sector - from project planning through implementation to evaluation. Together with our subsidiary companies, we sustainably manage natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay on behalf of institutional investors.

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Our consulting services and the management of our forests are bound to economic, environmental and social sustainability. Our work supports the implementation of innovative concepts for efficient and sustainable land use worldwide. In these activities, we orient ourselves according to internationally accepted standards and respective certification schemes. This also applies to our commitment to the excellent professional quality of our services as well as customer satisfaction, which we regard as the basis for long-term relationships and trustworthy cooperation. We are a learning organization and continuously improve the quality of our services - through transparency, quality management and communication with our clients.

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Our employees are the core of the company and their motivation and knowledge are the most important assets of UNIQUE. Their identification with the company, its goals and principles, is very important to us. We practice a participatory leadership style with opportunities for codetermination, a culture of dynamic feedback and the principle of high individual responsibility. We learn together with our partners, and promote the professional and social skills and the personal development of our employees. Our corporate responsibility and commitment to sustainability is ensured through ISO quality management certification and by adhering to FSC principles and criteria.

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