Technical assistance for smallholder farmers: Anatomy of the market

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November 20, 2014

The seventh briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance categorizes and characterizes the different kinds of agricultural technical assistance in operation in developing countries around the world.

Technical assistance programs can be highly effective in helping smallholder farmers improve their agronomic skills, business and financial skills, and access to markets – but currently only $8 billion is spent on such programs each year, or an average of $18.66 per farmer.

A skewed allocation of funding across farmer segments leaves some farmers better served than others.

The research will guide funders and other stakeholders on how to demarcate different technical assistance markets and understand the respective challenges and opportunities of each. These markets include the public sector extension market, the donor and corporate-funded value chain development market, the financial services advisory market, and the public administration strengthening market.


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ISF Advisors
Learning Lab Strategic Partner

ISF is an advisory group committed to transforming rural economies by delivering partnerships and investment structures that promote financial inclusion for rural enterprises and smallholder farmers. Combining industry-leading research with hands-on technical expertise, ISF develops practical, profitable, and sustainable financial solutions.

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