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 <<

17 Mar 2021
ISF Advisors, Learning Lab

Digital Platforms have the potential to transform smallholder agriculture into a more inclusive, sustainable, and commercially viable endeavor.

Despite this potential, the rise of Platform models in smallholder agriculture lags behind other sectors by up to 20 years

In our new report with ISF Advisors, we define the landscape of agricultural Platforms, their risk and impact potential, and the path forward for supporting their growth.

>> Download the report <<