Providing Financial Solutions

In order to provide effective financial solutions we must understand the key enablers to business model sustainability. This includes fostering progressive partnerships, leveraging the role of non-financial institutons, offering technical assistance, and the willingness to learn from failure. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like credit assessment, big data, insurance, and digital finacial services. 

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Utilizing e-commerce in agriculture offers several benefits, including improved income for farmers and...

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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.
Media: Data Analytics (DA) has the potential to unlock groundbreaking opportunities for investors and farmers in smallholder finance. Financial Service Providers, Digital Service Providers, and donors must work together to realize this potential. Watch our video below to learn more about the business case for data analytics.
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AGRA, MUCOBA Bank and SELF Microfinance Fund partnership has seen smallholder paddy farmers...

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The thirteenth blog in the Pulse series examines the opportunities and lessons learned...

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Spotlight: The twelfth blog in in the Pulse series offer readers a sector update on the state of smallholder agricultural insurance and the opportunities for elevating those solutions.
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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: In early December, the Lab pulled together key stakeholders from across the rural and agricultural finance community to learn more about the opportunity for data analytics (DA).
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Analysis: The fifth Learning Brief in the Lab’s research series, this brief aims to provide a high level understanding of how data analytics is used for smallholder farmers, introduce a new framework to understand the economics of data analytic investments, and highlight key innovators in the space.
Analysis: The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, a five year initiative of ICCO Cooperation and in partnership with The Mastercard Foundation, aims to transform the lives of 210,000 farmers, 50% of them are women, in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Senegal and will have an overall impact in the lives of over 1 million people.

Providing Financial Solutions

In order to provide effective financial solutions we must understand the key enablers to business model sustainability. This includes fostering progressive partnerships, leveraging the role of non-financial institutons, offering technical assistance, and the willingness to learn from failure. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like credit assessment, big data, insurance, and digital finacial services.