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.


16 Aug 2019
Tulaa, Learning Lab, IDH Farmfit

Entrepreneur Hillary Miller-Wise sees the opportunity to transform rural livelihoods in Africa. Having worked at the intersection of agriculture and finance for more than 15 years, Hillary knew that farmers could improve crop quality and yields with better inputs and training, but also needed to access markets where they could sell their produce at fair prices. Hillary launched Tulaa in 2017 with a vision of leveraging technology to provide farmers with an end-to-end solution that includes inputs on credit, advisory, and market access services. The company has since reached 15,000 farmers with plans to serve over 110,000 farmers by 2024.

Sustaining over 45% annual growth rate to reach this target is a challenge in itself. Ensuring that this growth is structured in a way that creates value for Tulaa and its partners, especially farmers, makes this task even harder. To help guide their efforts to scale, Tulaa engaged the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab) and IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) to conduct a Service Delivery Model (SDM) analysis. The analysis evaluates Tulaa’s business model and identifies opportunities for Tulaa to scale sustainably while positively impacting its farmer...

30 Jul 2019
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors, The Feed the Future Initiative

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 third blog, we discuss some of the major shifts and trends that have shaped the capital market for rural service provision since the 2016 Inflection Point report. Further, we note the ongoing challenges of efficient and effective capital allocation in a market that continues to rely heavily on subsidy, and present a new pathways-based approach to segmenting the need for capital.

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