20 Jul 2020
Learning brief 2

We found this dashboard created by 60 Decibels (funded by DFID’s Research and Evidence Division) to be a useful resource in understanding the lived experience of Kenyan farmers through the pandemic. Here’s a summary of what they are learning:

  • The data was collected from a representative sample of 500 Kenyan crop and livestock farmers in June. All respondents planted less than 3 acres last year and 66% planted less than 1.2 acres last year. 50% of the respondents were women. 
  • 87% of farmers say that their financial situation has worsened due to the pandemic. Over 50% have had to take a significant step like selling an asset (13%) or borrowing money (39%) to cope with the pandemic. 
  • 25% of farmers have at least one less source of income compared to same time last year. Only 10% of farmers currently have income from a non-farm income source compared to 26% at this same time last year. 
  • Farming has become more important as a source of food as well: 61% report increased importance. This is likely a respite given a similar proportion speak of increased food prices.  
  • But farmers are having to make several adjustments to the way they farm to cope with COVID-19. In the last two weeks, over 90...
01 Jul 2020
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors, The Feed the Future Initiative
Woman sewing with children watching

In this emergency briefing series, ISF Advisors and the RAF Learning Lab will look at how the COVID-19 crisis is likely to affect different types of rural households in emerging markets and what the cascading effects may be on markets, food security, and national security. This briefing series seeks to be pragmatic and elevate the real experiences of smallholders and service providers who are most affected by ripple effects in the economy. The series builds on the 2019 Pathways to Prosperity report and provides tangible recommendations to critical decision makers on how rural agricultural livelihoods can be supported. In this brief, we look at how the COVID-19 crisis will impact rural, informal micro-enterprises that are at the heart of community financial liquidity; often finance household expenses, such as school fees and healthcare costs; and are disproportionately run by women.


24 Jun 2020
Tech Blog

500 million households globally depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Increasingly affected by shocks and extreme weather patterns, most do not have any insurance to protect their income. Using primary and secondary research, this report from GSMA AgriTech explores how mobile technology can drive the adoption of index insurance to develop smallholder farmer resilience. Their recommendations show how index insurance services can grow through bundling and partnership-based approaches. 

Read the GSMA AgriTech report, 'Agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers: Digital innovations for scale'