Mobile Agriculture Solutions

Smallholder farmers can benefit from mobile money accounts that facilitate seamless money transfers from buyers or government programs and to input providers or laborers, depending on the nature of farming activities. Such accounts also provide smallholders with a secure place to store money. Furthermore, mobile money makes it easier for smallholders to receive remittances from family members; remittances can be a critical source of supplemental income for poor rural households, particularly during the hunger season, right before harvest.

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International Finance Corporation (IFC) supports institutions seeking to develop digital financial services (DFS)...

Smallholder finance
Report:

In 2016, the Mastercard Foundation and IFC’s Partnership for Financial Inclusion Program jointly...

Going far, together
Analysis: In this short focus note, RAF Learning Lab partner, Mercy Corps Agrifin Accelerate (AFA) Program, collaborated with the Mediae Company by providing a financial education mentor and developing a Web-based budgeting tool to accompany the reality TV show called Don’t Lose the Plot as part of a strategy to engage young people in farming as a business, leveraging digital tools and services.
Musoni aerial imagery
Media: In this seven-minute video, the Lab digs deep into business model sustainability by following the Musoni Kenya team to understand how going digital can help achieve scale and drive profitability.
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Report:

A new opportunity is emerging for mobile money service providers to drive growth...

geo-data
Report: NpM, the Platform for Inclusive Finance of which ICCO is a member, has presented the research 'Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance and Food Security'. The research is carried out by ICCO Terrafina Microfinance and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services.
Alternative delivery channels
Report: The MIX – with support from The MasterCard Foundation, UNCDF, and IFC – has published a new report on alternative delivery channels and their impact. The research from MIX also helped support the insights explored in The MasterCard Foundation's report on lessons learned from alternative delivery channels, which can be viewed here.
Alternative delivery channels
Report: In their latest study, The Mastercard Foundation shares emerging lessons learned using alternative delivery channels for financial inclusion.
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Report: Mercy Corps' AFA program conducts country-level ecosystem reviews in coordination with its work to support the expansion of digital financial and non-financial services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. These analyses are published as white papers in the "Fertile Ground" series. This is the Zambia white paper.
Report: Mercy Corps' AFA program conducts country-level ecosystem reviews in coordination with its work to support the expansion of digital financial and non-financial services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. These analyses are published as white papers in the "Fertile Ground" series. This is the Tanzania white paper.
KCB Bank
Report: KCB Group, a RAF Learning Partner, shares details on their current programming efforts as of 2016. Most specifically, the report highlights their USD 30 million partnership with The Mastercard Foundation, in which KCB has committed to offering financial services to 2 million smallholder farmers.

Mobile Agriculture Solutions

Smallholder farmers can benefit from mobile money accounts that facilitate seamless money transfers from buyers or government programs and to input providers or laborers, depending on the nature of farming activities. Such accounts also provide smallholders with a secure place to store money. Furthermore, mobile money makes it easier for smallholders to receive remittances from family members; remittances can be a critical source of supplemental income for poor rural households, particularly during the hunger season, right before harvest.