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Photograph: 'KerbauJawa' by Merbabu - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

‘View small-scale farming as a business’

13 April 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - How can we feed the world’s growing population? It’s an age-old question that has resurfaced following the economic shocks and environmental stresses of the past decade. read more
Green lines Banpro peanut fields

‘We are creating demand for green lines and outperforming our ambitious goals’

10 April 2015
Felipe Cobos, business loans manager at Nicaragua’s largest bank, brought the optimal combination of skills and experience to Banpro’s effort to launch its innovative programme of green lines to support farmers who adopt environmentally-friendly practices and technologies. His training as an agronomist at Costa Rica’s Earth University included work in ecology and environmental conservation ‘and they inculcated in us the idea of being change agents.’ As Banpro’s credit manager, he had put in place an environmental risk matrix to identify the impacts of loans on water consumption and air and noise pollution. FMO provided USD 15 million in long-term financing for Banpro’s green lines. read more
Empowering adolescent girls - photo UK Department for international development DFID

The power of empowering adolescent girls

7 April 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Women’s economic empowerment has recently been given priority on different international development agendas. However, regulation and policy have not always reflected the importance of investing in adolescent girls as a specific target group. read more
young entrepreneurship

How to unleash the potential of young entrepreneurs

1 April 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - The importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises for a nation’s economy cannot be stressed enough. They contribute to 33 percent of GDP in developing economies and nearly 64 percent in developed countries. They are also strong job multipliers and innovation generators. In recent years, we’ve seen multiple game-changing innovations by startups, and often led by entrepreneurs in their 20s or 30s. read more