The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, a five year initiative of ICCO Cooperation and in partnership with The Mastercard Foundation,  aims to transform the lives of 210,000 farmers, 50% of them are women, in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Senegal and will have an overall impact in the lives of over 1 million people.

To inform their work ICCO recently published a Credit Pilot Deep Dive (CPDD) which investigates differences in the uptake and impact of newly developed agricultural credit products on smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso Using a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach, based on household survey triangulated with focus group discussions (FSG), this study aims to provide the STARS program, and participating MFIs, an enhanced understanding of their client base.

More specifically, the Burkina Faso CPDD study provides a deeper understanding of the 50,500 (50% women) smallholder farmers, and their households, in the STARS Burkina Faso program. This CPDD study focuses on two main zones and credit products, namely sesame loans in the Banfora area and soy loans in the Pô area. The participating farmers have been categorized in groups, namely farmers who have applied for and received loans, those who have applied but have been rejected for loans, and for Pô area those who have never applied for loans.

Download the full study below to learn more.