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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Analysis: Part 4 of ISF's and RAF Learning Lab's Pulse series draws 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.
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Report: In Africa, where agricultural production remains far below potential, companies are working with smallholder farmers to raise crop yields, open up new market opportunities, and strengthen rural economies. In a new case study, AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit features six examples of outgrower schemes that are delivering results.
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The MIX  – with support from The MasterCard Foundation, UNCDF, and IFC – has...

Community: A new blog series, jointly authored by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance and the Learning Lab will share monthly sector trends in smallholder finance and next steps forward for FSPs, donors, and investors. The Pulse is rooted in key findings and recommendations highlighted in the ISF's and Lab's latest state of the sector report, Inflection Point. 
Report: Smallholder farmers are in need of inputs such as fertilizers, improved seeds and planting material, and access to finance, delivered in a stable and cost efficient system. Insights from a new report, published by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, enable service providers to create these cost-effective and scalable solutions, empowering smallholders to grow and sustain their businesses.
Report: In a market analysis for AGRA, Dalberg sheds light on the financial sector’s service of smallholders in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana, and identifies opportunities for progressive partnerships between formal and non-formal financial service providers, including value chain actors. The analysis also looks at the role of ICT solutions to increase impact. AGRA is a Learning Lab partner, committed to sharing knowledge that will build the industry.
Report: AFR explores FinScope's 2016 survey in their latest report on financial inclusion in Rwanda.
Analysis: Recently, an increasing number of food and agribusiness multinational enterprises (F&A MNEs) are recognizing the economic potential of smallholder inclusion in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 2016 report, "Critical Success Factors for Smallholder Inclusion in High Value-Adding Supply Chains by F&A MNEs", carefully outlines key opportunities to engage smallholders in tight global value chains.
Report: Root Capital's December issue brief, Investing in Resilience: A Shared Value Approach to Agricultural Extension, focuses on scaling climate-smart practices through agricultural extension services.
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.

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.