oliver Barasa

Oliver Barasa

Team Lead at IFAD

Financial Economics at University of Nairobi



Hi, I'm oliver Barasa!

Team Lead at IFAD

 Over 18 years of work experience in the agriculture and rural development sector development, with over 16 years particularly in agricultural finance, Market research, trainer of trainers (ToT) product development and project management experience, including senior management position.  Extensive experience in analyzing the intersection of digital financial services and sustainable finance initiatives, promoting environmentally responsible lending practices, and developing strategies for integrating green finance principles into lending practices, particularly in the SME and agriculture sectors.  Successfully managed multiple projects focused on empowering youth in agribusiness, scaling up rural youth access to green and inclusive financial services, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Led capacity-building workshops on green entrepreneurship and financial literacy, resulting in improved financial inclusion and sustainability awareness among stakeholders.  Demonstrated proficiency in stakeholder management, fostering sustainable partnerships with government agencies, financial institutions, agricultural experts, and community organizations to promote environmentally responsible lending, sustainable agriculture, and value chain development.  Extensive experience working in diverse cultural contexts, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Nepal.




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6. DFC Guarantee Scheme Case Study Development For (Musoni and Sidian Bank) -From September 2022-December 2022


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USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA), which later renamed to International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) was created to mobilize local private capital through the establishment of real risk sharing relationships with private financial institutions in USAID supported countries. The tool is available to all USAID overseas missions and can be used as a vehicle for providing much needed credit to an array of enterprises and underserved sectors. Develop two written case studies: • Documented successes and learning in the WASH sector in Kenya focusing on DFC and Sidian bank WASH guarantee partnership • Developed two videos case based on the written case studies described above. • Highlight the barriers that hinder the use and management of the DFC guarantee in mobilizing private sector capital and investment to the underserved in the identified sector

Kenya: Agri-tech Catalyst agriculture and food systems innovation- 2020


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CABI, Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise (ACRE)Ltd, International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Kilimo Trust collaborated to support 30,000 farmers, particularly women and youth. Accomplishments • Developed an integrated suite of services to help increase soybean yields and sales through improved production and access to high-value markets. • Trained around 300 Village Extension Service Providers (VESPs) in soybean pest identification and management using integrated pest management (IPM)- based approaches. • Supported extended and innovative picture-based insurance tool to speed up the uptake of pest insurance products in Kenya







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