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Spotlight: The twelfth blog in in the Pulse series offer readers a sector update on the state of smallholder agricultural insurance and the opportunities for elevating those solutions.
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Analysis: The purpose of this document is to provide a synthesis of findings for ECLOF Kenya and the Service Delivery Model (“SDM”) in which its Climate Smart Agriculture dairy loan operates. SDMs are supply chain structures involving multiple stakeholders providing services to farmers, including training, access to inputs and finance, to improve their productivity, and ultimately their profitability and livelihoods.
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Spotlight: Key insights from ECOLOF-Kenya CEO, Mary Munyiri, on her experience aligning smart business practices with social impact goals.
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Spotlight: Can new technologies reduce the cost of training for Africa’s smallholder farmers, with a significant positive impact on agribusinesses and, therefore, on the farmers they work with? The jury is still out, but the idea was tested recently when AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) hosted a Knowledge Sharing Workshop in Kampala.
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Analysis: The eleventh blog in the Pulse series aims to outline key insights from a recent ISF survey on the growing ecosystem of Business Development Services (BDS) to help financial service providers (FSPs) better reach smallholders.
Analysis: In early December, the Lab pulled together key stakeholders from across the rural and agricultural finance community to learn more about the opportunity for data analytics (DA).
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The changes involved when a financial institution ‘goes digital’ touches all levels of...

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Analysis: Part 10 of the Pulse highlights a guest blog by IDH and the Lab, focusing on our research on sustainable business models, including a case study on ECLOF Kenya and a summary of the future of Farm Fit.
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Analysis: The fifth Learning Brief in the Lab’s research series, this brief aims to provide a high level understanding of how data analytics is used for smallholder farmers, introduce a new framework to understand the economics of data analytic investments, and highlight key innovators in the space.
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Report: A new landscape report by ISF Advisors, with support from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, highlights the current status and future development of agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers. Based on interviews with more than forty-five key agricultural insurance stakeholders, our research paints a picture of an industry that shows great potential but struggles to achieve the necessary scale and product-level refinements.
Analysis: 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.
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Spotlight: Closing the USD 150 billion smallholder finance is no easy feat – but it is possible. With 450 million smallholders worldwide, key stakeholders such as financial and digital service providers, will need to develop new solutions and scale existing ones to help close the gap.