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.

03 Jun 2019
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors
MCF Huxta

In a series of blogs, ISF Advisors and the RAF Learning 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, 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 first blog, we discuss the importance of shifting away from a static view of smallholder household segments and present a new dynamic model of ‘transition pathways’ that articulates how smallholder households and rural agri- small and medium enterprises (SMEs) tend to develop over time.

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

28 May 2019
Learning Lab, Fund for Rural Prosperity

A new blog series, jointly authored by the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) and Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab). 20/20 will share learnings and insights from the FRP portfolio of challenge fund winners. FRP supports businesses that are developing new products, services, or processes that can increase access to finance for rural people in sub-Saharan Africa. The first blog in the series explores lessons from Empresa de Comercialização Agricola’s (ECA) FRP-funded initiative in Mozambique.