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In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 60 per cent of the population is comprised of small-scale farmers, and the agricultural sector is anticipated to provide 23 per cent of the continent’s GDP, as stated by McKinsey & Company. However, just 3% of the industry is eligible for banking credit, which severely restricts the ability of farmers to expand their businesses or reduce the impact of unfavourable harvests.

“In contemporary times, ensuring food security is a requirement that is both vital and urgent. As a result, we are going to have to step up to the challenge and create chances for growth in Africa’s agriculture value chain. Our collaboration with Mastercard has arrived at the perfect time to hasten the process of providing smallholder farmers in Africa with access to the essential financial services they require.

These services are essential to the achievement of Africa’s full agricultural potential. According to Ade Ayeyemi, the chief executive officer of Ecobank Group, “It will also assist deliver value across the farming and agricultural value chain, which will make farming in Africa more profitable, resilient, and competitive, ultimately contributing to the expansion of the continent’s economy.”

Alongside the investment, the Group and Mastercard have extended commercial agreements and signed a new commercial framework which will deepen their partnerships across numerous geographies and areas including card issuance, payment gateway, payment processing, merchant acceptance and remittance solutions, amongst others.
Following the announcement on 18 March 2021 of US$200m investment in AMC BV by TPG’s The Rise Fund, and the sale of the Group’s telecommunication towers companies in Madagascar and Malawi on 23 March 2021, the Transaction is a continuation of the Group’s pursuit of strategic asset monetisation and investment opportunities.