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Articles, academic studies, field learnings, and research about the landscape of actors and their invovlement in the smallholder and rural finance market. Information for market landscapes is often collected through extensive on-the-ground interviews and workshops.

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Report: In a series of blogs, ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab) will introduce major concepts and frameworks that will anchor our upcoming State of the Sector report for rural finance. Building on the “industry model” developed in our 2016 Inflection Point report, these frameworks aim to bring further clarity and insight to the three layers of the market: Rural clients, financial service providers (FSPs), and the capital markets. We hope that by sharing early versions of this thinking we can stimulate debate and discussion across the sector about what is needed to continue to enhance access to rural, agricultural financial services.

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Analysis: In a series of blogs, ISF Advisors and the RAF Learning Lab will introduce major concepts and frameworks that will anchor our upcoming State of the Sector report for rural finance. Building on the “industry model” developed in our 2016 Inflection Point report, these frameworks aim to bring further clarity and insight to the three layers of the market: Rural clients, financial service providers, and the capital markets. We hope that by sharing early versions of this thinking we can stimulate debate and discussion across the sector about what is needed to continue to enhance access to rural, agricultural financial services.
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Analysis: The eleventh blog in the Pulse series aims to outline 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.
Fund landscape
Analysis: The fifteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance interrogate how different impact-oriented agribusiness funds combine public and private capital to build a more inclusive agricultural market.
Fund landscape
Analysis: Part 3 of ISF's and RAF Learning Lab's Pulse series shares a fund manager's perspective on inclusive agribusiness and fund management.
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Report: Mercy Corps' AFA program conducts country-level ecosystem reviews in coordination with its work to support the expansion of digital financial and non-financial services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. These analyses are published as white papers in the "Fertile Ground" series. This is the Zambia white paper.
Report: Mercy Corps' AFA program conducts country-level ecosystem reviews in coordination with its work to support the expansion of digital financial and non-financial services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. These analyses are published as white papers in the "Fertile Ground" series. This is the Tanzania white paper.
Analysis: Our learning brief explores the role of digital approaches (across the lending value chain) in making it possible to profitably serve the smallholder market at scale. What do the digital journeys of financial service providers entail? What results are FSPs seeing and what challenges do they face?
News: I'm excited to let our users know that we have now publicly launched our open data portal. The inaugural dataset, Smallholder Financial Solutions (beta version) provides details of nearly 800 existing financial solutions (including provider and partners, products and business model) targeting smallholder farmers in developing countries worldwide.
Analysis: Dalberg's Christabell Makokha provides a preview of Kenya ecosystem findings from an upcoming Mercycorps AgriFin Accelerate white paper.
How much is being done for the world's 450 million smallholder farmers?
Media: An infographic from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance presents the current status of technical assistance for smallholder farmers and explores what can be done to make it more effective.
Community: A technical survey investigates factors inhibiting the absorption capacity of small and medium enterprises in Ghana.

Market landscape

Articles, academic studies, field learnings, and research about the landscape of actors and their invovlement in the smallholder and rural finance market. Information for market landscapes is often collected through extensive on-the-ground interviews and workshops.