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Knowledge Forum 2021

Every two years, GAFSP organizes a Knowledge Forum to bring together project teams from across all Supervising Entities to share and learn more about topics that are relevant to them. Given current circumstances, the 2021 Knowledge Forum will take place virtually, with learning sessions held throughout April-September.

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For Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, the Impacts of COVID-19 are Widespread

In this installment of our “COVID Conversations” series, we talk with Lionel Soulard, Cargill’s managing director for West Africa. IFC and GAFSP’s support to Cargill is helping the company professionalize and digitize Côte d'Ivoire’s cocoa sector. Soulard spoke with us recently about plummeting chocolate sales at airports, the challenges of online training with limited internet, and how the pandemic is accelerating digitization—and with it, opportunity.

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Uganda’s Dairy Farmers Develop a Taste for New Markets

In Uganda, where dairy production is dominated by small-scale farmers living in impoverished rural areas, IFC and GAFSP supported Pearl Dairy, a leading local milk processor, establish a powdered milk processing plant and cold-storage infrastructure, which is helping facilitate milk collection from remote smallholder farms.

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In Kosovo, Microfinance Expands Herds—And Hopes

Agriculture is critical to Kosovo’s private sector development, and though it accounts for an estimated 30 percent of employment and 13 percent of GDP, it accounts for just 4 percent of total borrowing in the country’s formal sectors.

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For Cocoa Farmers, Going Digital Tastes Sweet

In Côte d’Ivoire, where almost half of jobs are linked to cocoa, IFC and GAFSP are working with the cocoa company Cargill to professionalize and digitize the sector. The Cargill 2.0 program works on professionalizing cooperatives, teaching management skills and training on the benefits of digital finance to increase traceability and security.

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GAFSP raises $300M at replenishment kickoff

GAFSP raised $300 million of a desired $1.5 billion (over five years) Tuesday at its replenishment kickoff event hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Partnering to Transform Food Systems Globally

GAFSP launched its replenishment period 2020-25 to raise US$1.5 billion over five years (2020-25) at a virtual event. At the event –which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)– donors pledged over US$300 million in new funding to the Program, meeting the yearly target for 2020.

Public Sector Contact

Ms. Clare Murphy-McGreevey

External Affairs Officer
cmurphymcgreevey@worldbank.org

Based in Washington, D.C.

Private Sector Contact

Ms. Daphna Berman

Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist 
dberman@ifc.org

Based in Washington, D.C.