Micro Finance for Rural Development Course

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We are proud to offer this course in a variety of training formats to suit your needs. We use the highest quality learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Our face to face calendar allows you to choose any classroom course of your choice to be delivered at any venue of your choice - offering you the ultimate in convenience and value for money.

June 2024

Code Date Duration Location Fee Action
MFR21 24 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024 5 days Nakuru, Kenya KES 84,000 | $1,100 Register
MFR21 24 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024 5 days Pretoria, South Africa $2,400 Register
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June 2024

24 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
5 days
KES 84,000 $1,100
24 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
5 days
I Want To See More Dates...

Unfortunately, we do not have any dates scheduled at this time. Do you have a date in mind when you would like to take your training?

Request Custom Schedule

Contact Us on (+254) 715 077 817 / (+254) 792 516 000 or email us [email protected].


Majority of the world’s poor are farmers. These farmers cultivate less than 5 acres’ piece of land and are situated where the transport infrastructure is very poor. They have limited access to seeds and fertilizer they need to produce a good harvest. Most of these farmers lack access to financial services that could help them buy the farm inputs to increase their crop yields. There is need for these farmers to access financing through the available global microfinance industry to increase crop yields by buying farm inputs, increase their farm incomes by selling the surplus crop yields and reduce poverty.  Most microfinance institutions use farm records as collateral and individual farmers in a stable farmer group as granters. Most farmers don’t keep farm records and they are not in any stable farmer group, so it is hard for them to access farm financing from these microfinances.


5 days


  • Stakeholders in agriculture and agribusiness
  • Farmer based groups;
  • Food processors;
  • Traders and intermediaries;
  • Production Managers

Course Level:


Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the special challenges of rural areas that are traditionally associated with rural and agricultural credit directed to the poor. 
  • Build a deeper understanding of the fundamental issues of rural finance. 
  • Be familiar with several innovative models and alternate ways of offering rural finance services. 
  • Gain skills in conducting seasonality analysis, preparing cash flows, assessing risk and appraising loans. 
  • Develop an understanding of new and innovative loan products and savings approaches for agriculture and rural areas. 
  • Gain awareness of sources and reference links to further information and support for addressing future challenges in the application of financial services in rural areas. 
  • Understand the importance of farm record keeping and farmer groups engagement to microfinance in the rural setting.
  • Understand the impact of smallholder agricultural marketing and the cost benefit analysis at farm level
  • Appreciate the importance of crop and livestock insurance.

Topics to be covered

  • Rural financial services
  • Requirements from microfinances for credit to farmers.
  • Linking farm record keeping to microfinancing
  • Sustainable farmer groups with microfinancing
  • Agriculture value chain financing
  • Smallholder farm produce marketing.
  • The role of markets in rural and agriculture financing.
  • The risk of financing farmers can be mitigated
  • Bundling farm financing with other linked services.
  • Crowding in key players in farm financing.
  • Evaluating a cost benefit analysis from farm productions.
  • Harnessing the commercialization aspect among smallholder farmers.
  • Tradeoff in farming.
  • Agriculture insurance to cushion the farmer against crop yield loss
  • The impact of agriculture financing on poverty reduction and rural development.
  • The effect of farm credit on increasing agricultural production and farm efficiency.
  • Financial innovations to boost the uptake and use of farm credit.

Below is a career path for becoming an agricultural microfinance expert

  • Agricultural Value Chain Development and Market Linkages Course
  • Agriculture, Innovation and Technology Course
  • Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course
  • Agro Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation Course
  • Marketing for Small Agribusinesses Course
  • Policy Framework in Agriculture Course 

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Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected].  

Mob: +254 715 077 817


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817.

Mob: +254 792516000+254 792516010 or mail [email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank before the course start date

Send proof of payment to [email protected].

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