Mobile Agriculture Solutions

Smallholder farmers can benefit from mobile money accounts that facilitate seamless money transfers from buyers or government programs and to input providers or laborers, depending on the nature of farming activities. Such accounts also provide smallholders with a secure place to store money. Furthermore, mobile money makes it easier for smallholders to receive remittances from family members; remittances can be a critical source of supplemental income for poor rural households, particularly during the hunger season, right before harvest.

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Analysis: Key insights from Tulaa’s experience in building an end-to-end digital solution connecting farmers to markets
Report: CTA's new "Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report" explores the progress made in the field of digital agriculture solutions and aims to serve as a barometer for the current state of D4Ag in Africa. The report offers insights on the future of the sector, and the specific roles stakeholders must play to further unlock its full potential.
Report: Utilizing e-commerce in agriculture offers several benefits, including improved income for farmers and fresher produce for customers. In developing economies where agriculture is often an outsized contributor to GDP, these benefits could be especially impactful.
Tech Blog
Spotlight: Can new technologies reduce the cost of training for Africa’s smallholder farmers, with a significant positive impact on agribusinesses and, therefore, on the farmers they work with? The jury is still out, but the idea was tested recently when AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) hosted a Knowledge Sharing Workshop in Kampala.
Analysis:

International Finance Corporation (IFC) supports institutions seeking to develop digital financial services (DFS)...

Smallholder finance
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In 2016, the Mastercard Foundation and IFC’s Partnership for Financial Inclusion Program jointly...

Going far, together
Analysis: In this short focus note, RAF Learning Lab partner, Mercy Corps Agrifin Accelerate (AFA) Program, collaborated with the Mediae Company by providing a financial education mentor and developing a Web-based budgeting tool to accompany the reality TV show called Don’t Lose the Plot as part of a strategy to engage young people in farming as a business, leveraging digital tools and services.
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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.
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A new opportunity is emerging for mobile money service providers to drive growth...

geo-data
Report: NpM, the Platform for Inclusive Finance of which ICCO is a member, has presented the research 'Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance and Food Security'. The research is carried out by ICCO Terrafina Microfinance and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services.
Alternative delivery channels
Report: The MIX – with support from The MasterCard Foundation, UNCDF, and IFC – has published a new report on alternative delivery channels and their impact. The research from MIX also helped support the insights explored in The MasterCard Foundation's report on lessons learned from alternative delivery channels, which can be viewed here.

Mobile Agriculture Solutions

Smallholder farmers can benefit from mobile money accounts that facilitate seamless money transfers from buyers or government programs and to input providers or laborers, depending on the nature of farming activities. Such accounts also provide smallholders with a secure place to store money. Furthermore, mobile money makes it easier for smallholders to receive remittances from family members; remittances can be a critical source of supplemental income for poor rural households, particularly during the hunger season, right before harvest.