30 Sep 2019
Learning Lab, MIX, One Acre Fund

The Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab is thrilled to take ownership of the Smallholder Finance Product Explorer, a project funded by the Mastercard Foundation & the Open Society Foundations, and implemented by One Acre Fund and MIX from 2016-2019. Integrating this dataset with the Lab’s current data platform will ensure users have easy access to a one-stop-shop for critical smallholder finance data. 

Limited information on smallholder finance product design has historically prevented financial service providers from meeting the financing needs of smallholder farmers.

With over 450 million smallholder farmers globally, these farmers and their households need access to financial services to help increase farm productivity, reduce their vulnerability to unexpected shocks, and improve their livelihoods. Yet the current supply of financing available to them, ~$50 billion, represents only a quarter of the estimated total need of this population. Part of the issue is that financial service providers face high resource constraints to develop and deploy financial products that meet the needs of smallholder farmers.

The Smallholder Finance Product Explorer sought to catalyze...

30 Sep 2019

In 2012, Root Capital launched its Women in Agriculture Initiative (WAI) to better support agricultural enterprises in generating opportunities that are inclusive of women. This blog post reflects on what Root Capital has learned through seven years of the WAI, including defining what "gender inclusion" truly means, understanding how agricultural enterprises impact women, and ensuring both qualitative and quantitative inclusion. Most importantly, Root Capital lays out how these lessons learned will be carried forward in its future work. 

Read the full blog post from Root Capital here. 

22 Aug 2019

Do you currently have a smallholder outgrower scheme? Are you wondering how to improve your business performance? Or are you planning to develop a new outgrower scheme?

AgDevCo has found that more inclusive outgrower schemes benefit agribusinesses. This guide is designed to help businesses realize greater potential by developing a more inclusive outgrower scheme in three simple steps.

Read AgDevCo’s guide to developing inclusive outgrower schemes.