Despite wide recognition of the need for finance for sustainable producers, there is a lack of precise information on which types of producers need financing, how much is required, in what form, whether for the short, medium or long term, and whether they have the knowledge and tools to manage the credit once attained. In order to facilitate the flow of capital to SMEs, the particulars of the ‘financing gap’ must be measured and assessed for each agricultural sector and growing region.
We have developed a simplified standard to collect basic information about the SMEs financial needs. We’ve worked with hundreds of producer organizations, certification standards the private sector and development NGOs to fine-tune a proven SME assessment system.
With this producer insight, we are attracting new financial investments and encouraging the development of financial products suited to specific producer needs.
The FAST Financial Marketplace
For many producers, finding the right financial lender is a major challenge. Without information on what financial opportunities exist in their particular market, producers often don’t know where to turn. The FAST Financial Marketplace makes the search process easier. Through the Marketplace website, efficient communications amongst a growing global network of producers and financial service providers is now possible.
The website gives sustainable SMEs access to information to make informed decisions on appropriate financing for their enterprise. Through the Marketplace, our lending members receive contact from better-informed applicants, more streamlined access to their intended audience and a better picture of the entire sustainable trade financing market.
Available in English, French and Spanish, the Marketplace provides information on available financing opportunities in over 140 countries worldwide.
FAST Online Financial Access Platform – Coming in 2016
The FAST Online Financial Access Platform (OFAP) will replace the FAST Financial Marketplace as a more robust system with a multitude of new features. The new searchable network will host business and financial profiles of both SMEs and lenders, helping to match opportunities for investment with interested investors and encouraging access to new agricultural sectors and regions.
Global Data Aggregation
A global source of data on borrowers and lenders, we bring cutting edge analytics on supply and demand trends in real time.
By taking the matchmaking process online, we improve efficiency in connecting SMEs and lenders around the world.
We take on the administrative process so that lenders can focus on delivering quality financial services to their clients.
Partner with us
With a growing number of deeply committed organizations that see major potential in the SME finance model that FAST members bring to the table, stakeholders from around the world are working together to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the SME finance sector.