Providing Financial Solutions

In order to provide effective financial solutions we must understand the key enablers to business model sustainability. This includes fostering progressive partnerships, leveraging the role of non-financial institutons, offering technical assistance, and the willingness to learn from failure. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like credit assessment, big data, insurance, and digital finacial services. 

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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.
Report: The 2015 international FGDA conference, "Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers”, brought together industry experts from MFIs and agricultural finance providers to exchange ideas and share best practices to close the financing gap for smallholder farmers.
Analysis: The tenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores three channels through which value chain financing models can be delivered and identifies how these models can group “enablers” to best serve smallholders.
Report: Opportunity International describes its rationale and model for financing smallholder farmers, incorporate lessons from its experience as a pioneer in the field.
Community: A One Acre Fund white paper explains how flexible repayment plans present a sustainable lending model for smallholder farmers.
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Analysis: The Learning Lab analyzes the applications from the first innovation competition of The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. The innovation landscape that emerges is promising.
News: The Learning Lab and Dalberg Research are excited to begin building a database of existing financial solutions for smallholder famers that will help use better understand the rural and agricultural landscape.
Media: An interactive playbook from ISF discusses how innovation can help direct-to-farmer finance providers better serve farmers by addressing the challenges associated with direct-to-farmer lending.
Community: A technical survey investigates factors inhibiting the absorption capacity of small and medium enterprises in Ghana.
Community: One Acre Fund's asset financing model offers solutions to the traditional disbursement and repayment regimes that rarely meet the needs of smallholder farmers.
Report: The MasterCard Foundation offers an analysis of the connection between rural agriculture and youth employment.
Spotlight: The Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab features work by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance to provide access to foundational research to anyone working towards an expanded smallholder finance market.

Providing Financial Solutions

In order to provide effective financial solutions we must understand the key enablers to business model sustainability. This includes fostering progressive partnerships, leveraging the role of non-financial institutons, offering technical assistance, and the willingness to learn from failure. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like credit assessment, big data, insurance, and digital finacial services.