02 Oct 2017
Opportunity International

Half of Africa's farmers are women, yet women have conistently lwer access then men to productive resources and opportunities – including land, livestock, training, extension and financial services, nad technology. 

Given the same access to productive resources as men, global research indicates that women farmers could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%. This could raise total agricultural output in developing countrys by 2.5-4%, which could in turn reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17%. 

To assess and improve Opportunity International's (Opportunity’s)  gender strategy for the Agricultural Finance (AgFinance) program, Opportunity conducted a gender analysis study with funding DFID,  a signifcant supporter of Opportunity's work. 

12 Sep 2017
Initiative for Smallholder Finance, Learning Lab
Smallholder finance

For smallholder financial solutions to succeed, providers require support from an enabling environment. Previous ISF and Lab research identified components of this environment, from Inflection Point which demonstrated the relationship between financial service providers (FSPs) and capital providers, to ISF’s research on the role of government policy and smallholder finance and the market for technical assistance providers in developing countries. 

The relationship between the enabling environment and smallholder finance is complex, and to date, there is limited research on the link between the success of specific smallholder products and services and factors in the enabling environment. However, the Mastercard Foundation’s rural and agricultural finance portfolio – ten programs spanning 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa – should provide an opportunity to understand more about this relationship. Part 6 of the Pulse series highlights some early learnings from this portfolio and makes recommendations for future research to close the knowledge...

24 Jul 2017
Learning Lab
Juhudi Kilimo

As part of a Learning Lab Webinar series to highlight and showcase the work of our partners, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL) and Juhudi Kilimo – a Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity Winner – share key insights on using psychometrics for smallholder credit scoring.

Amie Vaccaro, Camille O'Sullivan, and Julia Reichelstein from the EFL team first explain the basics of psychometric credit scoring and share learnings from real world experiences. Elvin Walela from Juhudi Kilimo then closes the webinar with a concrete case study of Juhudi's lessons learned from integrating the EFL approach in their smallholder financing model. 

This blog includes webinar materials such as the presentation, recording, and responses to any questions that the panelists were unable to answer due to limited time. 

1. Webinar recording | 49 min

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