Farmer Technical Assistance

Technical assistance programs can be highly effective in helping smallholder farmers improve their agronomic skills, business and financial skills, and access to markets, though current donor spending is small relative to the potential need.  TA for farmers can include: agronomic training, including public sector extension, value chain development, and financial or digital literacy.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing most businesses to adapt to new, digitally-driven ways...

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The emergence and expansion of digital infrastructure in even the hardest to reach...

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Media: Two new publications by AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit offer guidance and practical tools to agribusinesses wanting to make use of technology to drive improvements in service delivery and have a positive impact on smallholder farmers.
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“We may have a farm but often we do not have money for...

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Analysis: Key insights from Tulaa’s experience in building an end-to-end digital solution connecting farmers to markets
Report: Major shifts and trends that have shaped the FSP market since the 'innovation inflection point', and a look into a new model for FSP segmentation.
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Analysis: Key insights from a recent ISF survey on the growing ecosystem of Business Development Services (BDS) to help financial service providers (FSPs) better reach smallholders.
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Report: A new landscape report by ISF Advisors, with support from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, highlights the current status and future development of agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers. Based on interviews with more than forty-five key agricultural insurance stakeholders, our research paints a picture of an industry that shows great potential but struggles to achieve the necessary scale and product-level refinements.
Tool: Download the materials below, including presentation slides, the webinar recording, to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.
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Spotlight: Each year, more than 10 million young people across Africa enter the job market, competing for just three million formal jobs. As the continent’s youth population swells steadily towards a projected total of 800 million by 2050, this demographic crisis will intensify even further.
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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.

Farmer Technical Assistance

Technical assistance programs can be highly effective in helping smallholder farmers improve their agronomic skills, business and financial skills, and access to markets, though current donor spending is small relative to the potential need.  TA for farmers can include: agronomic training, including public sector extension, value chain development, and financial or digital literacy.