Lending direct to farmer

Business models and approaches to providing credit directly to smallholder farmers (as opposed to financing cooperatives or agribusinesses) which is inherently challenging due, among other things, to the geographically-dispersed nature of such customers.

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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.
Analysis: Our learning brief explores the role of digital approaches (across the lending value chain) in making it possible to profitably serve the smallholder market at scale. What do the digital journeys of financial service providers entail? What results are FSPs seeing and what challenges do they face?
Analysis: The Learning Lab is researching how digitalization affects the business case for smallholder finance, specifically: what role do digital tools play in successful business models for lending to smallholders? Here we provide early findings from the research, in the form of a presentation from a Sep. 2016 workshop where Dalberg and the Lab discussed the results of organization surveys and expert interviews.
Report: The One Acre Fund 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of the organization's progress, forward-looking strategies, and new initiatives. Beginning with an opening letter from the Executive and Managing Directors, the report walks through One Acre's scaling progress and strategy, their impact for 2015, new country expansion opportunities, and stories from the farmers themselves.
Analysis: Direct-to-farmer finance is one channel of reaching smallholder farmers, but it can be challenging for banks not already serving those customer segments.

Lending direct to farmer

Business models and approaches to providing credit directly to smallholder farmers (as opposed to financing cooperatives or agribusinesses) which is inherently challenging due, among other things, to the geographically-dispersed nature of such customers.