Learnings and Success Stories from ICCO Stars

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June 12, 2020

Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, in short STARS, is a five-year (2017–2021) project in partnership with Mastercard Foundation and ICCO Terrafina. Through a market system development (MSD) approach the project focuses on improving access to finance and markets for more than 200,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Burkina Faso. The project plans to have an overall impact in the lives of more than 1 million people.

In all four countries, STARS has a specialized MSD team partnering with microfinance institutions, the private sector, producer organizations, and various government bodies to create systemic change benefitting smallholder farmers. Below you will find a selection of case studies, lessons learned, and success stories of the STARS activities in each of the four countries.

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ICCO STARS (Strengthening African Rural Smallholders)
Learning Lab Partner

According to the FAO, supporting small-scale farmers will be critical to reducing hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) is a program implemented by ICCO Cooperation with support from The MasterCard Foundation. STARS 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. Cooperation will take place with MFIs to develop innovative risk-mitigating tools and provide the necessary loans to farmers to diversify their crop or to buy equipment that increases their production.

Press release: Strengthening African rural smallholders for sustainable development

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