Uptake and Usage

Projects and schemes require participation of actors and individuals to successfully implement a long-term sustainable solution. 

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Analysis: The eighth blog in the Pulse series explores the rising number of new databases emerging in smallholder finance and the opportunities for funders/donors, financial service providers, and researchers to engage.
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Analysis: Half of Africa's farmers are women, yet women have consistently lower access than men to productive resources and opportunities – including land, livestock, training, extension and financial services, and technology.
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Community: Part 1 of ISF's and RAF Learning Lab's Pulse series shares insights and trends on customer centric approaches in the rural and smallholder finance sector.
Analysis: The fourteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, the Dalberg Design Impact Group (DIG) explores the causes of low uptake in digital credit for smallholders to better understand how we can develop concrete product solutions to jump-start adoption of digital credit products by them. 
Analysis: CGAP’s National Survey(s) and Segmentation of Smallholder Households in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda explores the financial, agricultural, and digital demands of smallholder households. The surveys are a groundbreaking effort to build a representative evidence base for the demand-side of the smallholder finance equation. The links above provide access to both summary reports and full micro datasets for each country, for further analysis. This blog summarizes a few of the key themes and specific variations across the three countries.
Tool: CGAP recently published a Customer Experience Playbook to help FSPs increase uptake and usage among low-income customers. Although the CX Playbook is targeted at urban clients we think there are many valuable lessons that can be applied to rural communities as well.
Report: ATAI's latest policy bulletin, Making It Rain, reviews 10 randomized evaluations of weather index insurance. The study shed light on the barriers around uptake and usability for weather index insurance. Their findings are consistent with the market trends we are witnessing as well as our own broader call to action in this space.
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Report: CGAP's recent study, Smallholder Diaries, offers valuable insights into smallholder financing needs and supports the broader case for customer centricity to unlock growth in financial solutions.
Community: AGRA demonstrates that providing farmers with access to inputs and advisory services bolsters the market of quality seed and fertilizers.

Uptake and Usage

Projects and schemes require participation of actors and individuals to successfully implement a long-term sustainable solution.