08 Apr 2021
Learning Lab, Kiva Labs

In 2015, the microfinance organization, ECLOF Kenya, launched their "Climate Smart Agriculture" (CSA) loan product in Embu, Kenya, to provide financing and training to dairy farmers in the region. Following its traditional group lending model, ECLOF launched this CSA group loan model with positive results. While ECLOF successfully launched this product, they wanted to know how to increase demand and scale it to other regions in Kenya. ECLOF partnered with Kiva and the Mastercard Foundation to try something new. Instead of only disbursing loans to farming groups as ECLOF has always done, they decided to pilot individual liability loans for the first time.

06 Apr 2021
Learning Lab

On March 25, 2021, ISF Advisors hosted two webinars to discuss the findings and recommendations in our new collaborative report "Agricultural 'Platforms' in a Digital Era."

This new report makes the case that Platforms have the potential to transform smallholder agriculture into a more inclusive, sustainable and commercially-viable endeavor, but there are significant potential negative risks to markets if platforms become too dominant in markets. Some of these risks are similar to those seen in the rise of platforms in other industries, while others are agriculture-specific. In the absence of a shared understanding around what constitutes a platform model, what type of platform works best in a given context and how platforms impact markets, it is likely that the potential of these models to positively transform smallholder agriculture will go unrealized.

Click here to download the full report, watch the webinar recordings, and read the research teams’ responses to audience questions — including those left unanswered during the live sessions.

23 Mar 2021

Agriculture is an important source of employment in Latin America and the Caribbean. In rural areas, some 54.6% of the labour force is engaged in agricultural production. Although much of the region shares the same language and cultural heritage, the structure and scale of the agriculture sector varies significantly from country to country.

Based on the review of 131 digital agriculture tools, this new report from the GSMA - Mobile for Development AgriTech team provides a market mapping and landscape analysis of the most prominent cases of digital disruption. It highlights some of the major trends observed in five digital agriculture use cases, identifies opportunities for digital interventions and concludes with recommendations for future engagement that could deliver long-term, sustainable economic and social benefits for smallholder farmers.

>> Read the report <<