05 Jul 2019
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors

In a series of blogs, ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab) will introduce major concepts and frameworks that will anchor our upcoming State of the Sector report for rural finance. Building on the “industry model” developed in our 2016 Inflection Point report, these frameworks aim to bring further clarity and insight to the three layers of the market: Rural clients [1], financial service providers (FSPs), and the capital markets. We hope that by sharing early versions of this thinking we can stimulate debate and discussion across the sector about what is needed to continue to enhance access to rural, agricultural financial services.

In this second blog, we discuss some of the major shifts and trends that have shaped the FSP market since the ‘innovation inflection point.’ Further, we present a new segmentation of FSPs, that goes beyond type of FSP to create segments based on organizations’ underlying ‘Primary Goal for Service Delivery’ and ‘Service Delivery Model.’

[1] Rural clients include smallholder households and rural, agricultural service enterprises.

24 Jun 2019

CTA's new "Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report" explores the progress made in the field of digital agriculture solutions and aims to serve as a barometer for the current state of D4Ag in Africa. The report offers insights on the future of the sector, and the specific roles stakeholders must play to further unlock its full potential. 

"Agriculture is expected to be a trillion-dollar market by 2030, ripe for innovation that will drive greater efficiency, sustainable increases in productivity, yield and income... Technology, as we have seen in other sectors, is critical to affecting change and driving development. In agriculture, digitalisation could be a game changer in boosting productivity, profitability and resilience to climate change.... An inclusive, digitally-enabled agricultural transformation could help achieve meaningful livelihood improvements for Africa’s smallholder farmers and pastoralists." 

- Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

Download the full report here. 

04 Jun 2019

Utilizing e-commerce in agriculture offers several benefits, including improved income for farmers and fresher produce for customers. In developing economies where agriculture is often an outsized contributor to GDP, these benefits could be especially impactful.

A new report from GSMA analyzes factors that agri e-commerce businesses must consider when developing their business models to reflect local market conditions. Through interviewing 21 businesses across the globe, GSMA’s research outlines key emerging trends, case studies, and recommendations for stakeholders to maximize the agri e-commerce opportunity. 

The report also includes GSMA’s Market Attractiveness Index -- a tool to understand the e-commerce readiness of developing countries.

Check out the full GSMA report here.