Value Chain Development

Value chains, which are comprised of financial service providers, buyers, input providers, producer organizations, and individual farmers, are often classfied as tight (i.e., well organized) or loose (i.e., poorly organized). Industry actors (e.g., foundations, governments, private investors) seek to strengthen the value chain to provide better market linkages and improve the resiliance of rural populations. 

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Report: This brief looks at how the COVID-19 crisis will impact commercializing farmers who are at the heart of many countries’ food supply chains, and who depend on vulnerable ecosystems to survive.
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Analysis:

“We may have a farm but often we do not have money for...

OAF
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In Senegal, onion is the most consumed vegetable, but annual production does not...

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Do you currently have a smallholder outgrower scheme? Are you wondering how to...

Analysis: This paper explores why it’s been difficult to generate VC-level returns in agriculture, and some solutions that show promise.
IDH Trade
Analysis: Highlights from a guest blog by IDH and the Lab, focusing on our research on sustainable business models.
Analysis: The Digitizing Agricultural Payments publication, jointly published by CGAP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund, highlights how The United Nations Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) and Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited (KCL) created a system to digitize payments to KCL’s 6,000 certified farmers, in Uganda.
Smallholder finance
Analysis: Highlights early learnings around the smallholder finance enabling environment and makes recommendations for future research.
TA Pulse
Analysis: Insights from the evolving Technical Assistance (TA) landscape in agricultural finance.
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A new opportunity is emerging for mobile money service providers to drive growth...

Marie Sow ICCO STARS
Spotlight: Across Africa, 80% of agricultural production comes from smallholder farmers, most of which are rural women. Yet, in countries like Senegal, only 20% of women have access to financial services and less than 30% of them are involved in governance for their Producer Organizations (POs). As a result, many women struggle to scale their farms and build their businesses. This blog explains how the ICCO STARS program, a Learning Lab partner, is working to address this challenge and empower female farmers through stronger access to finance.

Value Chain Development

Value chains, which are comprised of financial service providers, buyers, input providers, producer organizations, and individual farmers, are often classfied as tight (i.e., well organized) or loose (i.e., poorly organized). Industry actors (e.g., foundations, governments, private investors) seek to strengthen the value chain to provide better market linkages and improve the resiliance of rural populations.