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    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) is pleased to announce the appointment of Raúl Gómez Velásquez as the organizations new Executive Director. FAST is a non-profit dedicated to improving access to finance for sustainable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide.

  • Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade Promotes Opportunities for Investment in Tanzanian Agriculture

    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) recently hosted some of Tanzania’s top financial service providers at an exclusive event aimed at bridging opportunities for investment in small and medium-sized agricultural producers in the nation.

  • AXiiS Q3 - 2017 Performance Report (ENG - ESP)

    ENGLISH- In the third quarter, AXiiS focused on strengthening its relationship with the SMEs that have already had a perfect match, by following up closely with them. AXiiS also continued facilitating the arrangement of business meetings between SMEs and FSPs to generate more opportunities of credit applications. There were 16 new provisional matches, and 44% of these went on to a business meeting. In these meetings, the two parties go through the details of the investment and confirm the provisional match made by AXiiS. Of the total of these business meetings, 86% concluded with a perfect match, meaning that the FSPs received the information provided by the SMEs and FSPs has started the due diligence process. It is expected that the first credit approval will be realized in the final quarter of 2017.

    Compared to the previous quarter, AXiiS registered an increase of $1 Million USD in the funds required by the SMEs, as well as the registration of one new Financial Service Provider (FSPs). The platform has now more than $6.57 billion USD available by the FSPs to invest in SMEs. The needs of the SMEs are aligned with the financial portfolio of the FSPs, with most of the SMEs looking for working capital loans.


    SPANISH- En el tercer trimestre, AXiiS se centró en el fortalecimiento de su relación con las PYMES que ya han tenido una vinculación perfecta, siguiendo de cerca su proceso. AXiiS también siguió facilitando la organización de reuniones de negocios entre PYMES y PSF para generar más oportunidades de solicitudes de crédito. Hubo 16 nuevas vinculaciones provisionales, y el 44% de ellas pasó a una reunión de negocios. En estas reuniones, las dos partes revisan por los detalles de la inversión y confirman la vinculación provisional realizada por AXiiS. Del total de estas reuniones de negocios, el 86% concluyó con una vinculación perfecta, lo que significa que los PSF recibieron la información proporcionada por las PYMES y los PSF han iniciado el proceso de debida diligencia. Se espera que la primera aprobación de crédito se realice en el último trimestre de 2017.

    En comparación con el trimestre anterior, AXiiS registró un aumento de $ 1 millón de dólares en los fondos requeridos por las PYMES, así como el registro de un nuevo proveedor de servicios financieros (PSF). La plataforma tiene ahora más de $6,57 mil millones de dólares disponibles por los PSF para invertir en las PYMES. Las necesidades de las PYMES están alineadas con la cartera financiera de los PSF, con la mayoría de las PYMES buscando préstamos de capital de trabajo.

  • Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, shortlisted for Finance for the Future Awards 2017

    Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade is honoured to be chosen as a finalist for this award. Read the official press release below.




  • Introducing FINANCE CONNECT: Connecting SMEs with the best financing opportunity

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    Montréal, QCJune 12, 2017: The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) is delighted to officially launch Finance Connect in Montreal, a service created to connect larger small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the best financing opportunities.

    For more information, watch this short clip, here:

  • A new investment guide for the Caribbean sweet potato sector

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    In partnership with Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), FAST is proud the release the Sweet Potato Investment Guide.

    Read the publication here.




  • AXiiS: Revolutionizing impact investing with data based matchmaking services

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    Montreal, QC—December 21, 2016: Today, Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) is launching AXiiS, an innovative online matchmaking platform that pairs credit-ready Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) from sustainable agriculture and forestry sectors with Financial Service Providers (FSPs) and appropriate financial products and services.

  • Montréal International

    Montreal, Canada. December 5, 2016. Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) develops new service, Finance Connect, with the help of Montréal International.

  • CAPCOP22

    Montreal, Canada. November 17th, 2016. Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) participated in two CAP COP22 events in Marrakesh and introduced its new matchmaking financial tool to the North African region: AXiiS.

  • Blending4Ag

    Montreal, Canada. November 8th, 2016. Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) concludes its participation in the first edition of the Blended Finance for Agriculture (Blending4Ag) in Brussels.

  • CWA2016 Cayman

    Montreal, Canada. October 28th, 2016. Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) successfully concluded its participation in the 2016 Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Cayman Islands.

  • CRS Cocoa El Salvador

    Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) and El Salvador Cocoa Alliance make a few sessions to improve access to financing of Salvadorian SMEs.
    Montreal – The Canadian organization Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) recently held a series of sessions in San Salvador to improve access to finance Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) linked to cocoa.

  • FAST Partners in Sustainable Coffee Initiative

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    Conservation International has announced a new coffee sustainablility challenge with key partners including the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is a call to action to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world. The announcement comes as ministers gather to write a new climate agreement and as momentum builds for businesses to take direct action to combat climate change. 

  • FAST and GIZ Launch Global Framework to Measure Impact of Investments in Sustainable Forestry

    In collaboration with GIZ and Impact Reporting and Investment Standards, FAST is launching its Sustainable Forest Finance Strategy. A global framework to measure the social, environmental, and financial impact of investments in sustainable natural and planted forests, it focuses on improving access to finance for forestry businesses in South America.

  • New Memorandum of Understanding: FAST & IICA to Cooperate on Access to Finance for Agriculture and Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Based on mutual objectives to promote economic growth with positive impact in rural communities, FAST and IICA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together in strengthening access to finance for sustainable agricultural Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

  • FAST Financial Fair in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on December 9 2014

    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) will hold a Financial Fair in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on December 9, 2014.

  • Financing Sustainable Forestry in the Amazon: Challenges and Opportunities

    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), The Amazon Alternative (TAA) and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) co-hosted a special session at Brasil Certificado Trade Fair on April 11, 2012 in the São Luís Exhibition Center in São Paulo, Brazil.

  • FFF III Tanzania

    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, with the support of HIVOS and Citi Foundation, held its III FAST Finance Fair (FFF) and the workshop 'Financing Sustainable in Africa' on the 16th, 17th and 18th of February in Arusha, Tanzania.

    *Press release is in Spanish.

  • FAST Financial Fair side-event

    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) will host the 1st FAST Financial Fair (FFF) side-event at the XXII Latin American Coffee Symposium, which will be held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, from 1-3 September, 2010. The side-event aims to promote the important role of responsible finance in the sustainable coffee sector.

  • New MoU: Agreement Signed for Mutual and Strategic Cooperation

    Recognizing the need of access to finance for farmers in developing countries, FAST and ForeFinanceTMsigned a memorandum of understanding to work together in the field of credit risk scoring and to develop other financial management tools.

  • Sustainable Certification Leader Joins FAST

    UTZ CERTIFIED Good Inside has officially joined the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) as a new associate member. The sustainable agriculture program is dedicated to creating an open and transparent marketplace for agricultural commodity products through training, certification, and traceability systems designed to improve quality and increase productivity for better market access.

  • FAST Participates in International Coffee Week: SINTERCAFE XXIII

    Once again, the non-profit association of SINTERCAFE celebrated its XXIII International Coffee Week, this time taking place in the region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, where the most important stakeholders, producers as much as buyers, in the coffee world came together once again.

  • WWF: Responsible Forest Finance Can Help Stop Climate Change

    Failure by the world’s financial leaders to support responsible forest finance will allow rampant deforestation to continue and contribute to the disastrous effects of climate change. WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) on Thursday asked global financial institutions to take a leading role in stopping climate change during the XIIIth World Forestry Congress, taking place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Sustainable Finance Forum: New Investment for Sustainable Coffee in Central America

    With the support of HIVOS, Proyecto CAMBio, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE, as per its initials in Spanish) and RAMACAFE, the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) will hold the 1st Sustainable Finance Forum to promote long term investment opportunities in sustainable coffee trade and encourage sustainable production in Central America.

  • FAST Celebrates Estabishment in Montréal

    In collaboration with Montréal International, the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) today officially inaugurated its Secretariat in Montréal. The international organization's mission is to ensure the continued growth of sustainable production and trade by increasing the number of producers in developing countries who successfully access quality trade finance.

  • Environmentally and Socially Responsible Trade Financing Mechanisms Key to Conserving World’s Forests

    WWF and FAST Hold First Ever Summit to Encourage Long Term Investments in Sustainable Trade To Conserve Most Valuable and Threatened Forests

  • FAST at the 6th Annual EAFCA Conference and Exhibition

    Kigali, 14th of February 2009- The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) celebrates its successful presence at EAFCA and signs MOU with the Common Code for the Coffee Community association (4C).

  • FAST Global Membership Drive: Funding from Citi and Lodestar

    Two major milestones for the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) this month include the successful launch of its global membership drive - generating more than 40 new members, and two new grants $150,000 from Citi Foundation and $75,000 from Lodestar Foundation totaling US $225,000 donated.

  • Citigroup and Cordaid Award Grants to Support FAST

    The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), an association of financial service providers and organizations invested in the development of "sustainable trade finance", announced today that they have received essential "start-up" grants from Citigroup Foundation and Cordaid; a key contribution towards the establishment of the new non-profit trade association and a strong indication of the support that has emerged from the financial and development communities.

  • Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade Celebrates Official Launch at SCAA

    On Sunday May 6th 2007, the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), will celebrate their official launch of operations scheduled to coincide with the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) annual convention.