Ecosystems for SHF finance

Building an inclusive ecosytem requires the collaborative effort of industry players such as DFIs, FSPs, government, commercial banks, farmer organizations, and others. The Learning Lab seeks to understand the key enablers for fostering an inclusive RAF ecosystem while also understanding the necessary interventions for ecoystem change. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like value chain development, climate-smart agriculture, capital providers, and farmer organizations. 

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Report: IIF and CFI Accion’s recently published report, “The Business of Financial Inclusion: Insights from Banks in Emerging Markets” digs into commercial banks and the role of digital technology in the emerging market, a concept the Lab is currently looking into for the RAF space.
Analysis: The Learning Lab analyzes applications from the first Scaling Competition of The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. Findings confirm key trends from the first Innovation Challenge and identify new trends around bundled service offerings and digital solutions.
News: I'm excited to let our users know that we have now publicly launched our open data portal. The inaugural dataset, Smallholder Financial Solutions (beta version) provides details of nearly 800 existing financial solutions (including provider and partners, products and business model) targeting smallholder farmers in developing countries worldwide.
News: The Learning Lab is growing! Over the past half-year the Lab has added 5 new partners to our network, covering a wide range of geographies, customer segments and provider models.
News: A diverse crowd of industry stakeholders gathered at the May 5 State of Smallholder Finance event to discuss findings from the landmark report, Inflection Point.
Community: We're excited to have Kiva Labs on board as a new Learning Lab partner. Learn how Kiva Labs uses its crowd-sourced capital model to address constraints to smallholder financing.
Report: In partnership with the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, we at the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab are excited to announce the release of our newest landmark study, Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance.
Tool: USAID mSTAR's recently published Guide, offers a road map for the use of digital finance services in agriculture to improve the value chain and increase farmer income.
News: Newly released, the formal launch of Propagate, a coalition of microfinance practitioners with a deep involvement in smallholder finance.
Analysis: Recently, an increasing number of food and agribusiness multinational enterprises (F&A MNEs) are recognizing the economic potential of smallholder inclusion in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 2016 report, "Critical Success Factors for Smallholder Inclusion in High Value-Adding Supply Chains by F&A MNEs", carefully outlines key opportunities to engage smallholders in tight global value chains.
Report: Root Capital's December issue brief, Investing in Resilience: A Shared Value Approach to Agricultural Extension, focuses on scaling climate-smart practices through agricultural extension services.
Report: This white paper from Mercy Corps' AgriFin Accelerate program explores the major findings of a 2015 ecosystem study of digital financial and non-financial services for smallholders in Kenya.

Ecosystems for SHF finance

Building an inclusive ecosytem requires the collaborative effort of industry players such as DFIs, FSPs, government, commercial banks, farmer organizations, and others. The Learning Lab seeks to understand the key enablers for fostering an inclusive RAF ecosystem while also understanding the necessary interventions for ecoystem change. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like value chain development, climate-smart agriculture, capital providers, and farmer organizations.