29 Sep 2020
ISF Advisors

How can governments create, incentivize, and regulate space for the private sector in agricultural finance? It’s not one-size-fits-all: Various countries have approached this challenge in different ways. By looking at different cases, we can uncover trends that might point governments in the right direction.

03 Sep 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches increasingly remote communities, urgent action is needed. By leveraging assets already present in last-mile communities, we can save lives and preserve livelihoods. Willy Foote and Dr. Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health explain how in their recent op-ed.

Read it here.

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...