Jenny Scharrer

Jenny Scharrer is a senior project manager with KfW Development Bank. Her work focuses on agri-finance in Sub-Saharan Africa. In that capacity she is responsible for the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund and is currently structuring the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria.

Prior to joining KfW, Jenny worked for Oxfam Hong Kong as a strategy team manager in Vietnam, improving agricultural value chains to increase income for smallholder farmers. Before moving to Vietnam, Jenny worked for McKinsey & Company in Germany and Bahrain on economic reform projects. From 2009-2011 Jenny worked with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, helping to administer the German Stimulus Pact by issuing federal guarantee schemes for companies following the economic and financial crisis.

Jenny is a lawyer. She also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a LLM from the European Academy for Legal Theory.

Content by Jenny Scharrer
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Opportunities in Uganda’s Arabica value chain

    Coffee is an important part of the Ugandan economy, stably generating around 15% of export earnings for the past 15 years, even as other exports have risen. Uganda produces 1% of the world’s Arabica crop, but while its production is increasing and is highly competitive, it has been overlooked by trade and consumers. The project explored two policy options for...

    7 Jan 2019 | Ameet Morjaria, Martin Sprott, Jenny Scharrer, Ritwika Sen

  • Project

    Understanding constraints to value addition in the Ugandan coffee sector

    Uganda has the highest concentration of coffee farmers in the world, but premiums from the sector are not as high as other East African countries. Identifying quick wins and long-term changes, this project explored the lack of brand awareness of Ugandan coffee and limited sales in certain markets.  Key recommendations include developing a unique brand for coffee...

    16 Jan 2018 | Ameet Morjaria, Jenny Scharrer, Martin Sprott