Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Dominic Mitchell, Carmen Abdoll
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The Micro Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa (MAFISA) programme was launched as a pilot project in three provinces in 2004/05. Its goal was to provide small, short- and medium-term loans to small-scale farmers to expand production, particularly in communal land areas and on smallholdings with a variety of tenure systems (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)
CER was commissioned by National Treasury to conduct an impact assessment of MAFISA in 2013. The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which MAFISA had succeeded in reaching smallholder farmers, and whether or not it has assisted them in terms of increasing scale of production and market penetration.
The report details the analysis undertaken of MAFISA’s management processes, performance and expenditure, as well as a discussion of the costing model used to evaluate the key cost drivers of MAFISA.