The Pulse

In an effort to move our sector toward a systems approach, Inflection Point Pulse (The Pulse) is new a blog series jointly authored by  the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) and Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab).  The goal of this series is to track key developments in the sector and highlight research findings that can reshape the way we think and act.

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Report:

Smallholder farmers are uniquely vulnerable to a wide range of disruptive shocks, from...

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Report: Recognizing the critical role that women and youth play in rural economies, our Pathways to Prosperity research included deep dives on engaging both client segments in achieving inclusive agricultural transformation. In this blog, we share key learnings from the youth deep dive.
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Report: Key learnings from our Pathways to Prosperity gender deep dive.
Report: Major shifts and trends that have shaped the capital market for rural service provision since our 2016 Inflection Point report, ongoing challenges in the market, and a new pathways-based approach to segmenting capital need.
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.
MCF Huxta
Analysis: A look into our new 'transition pathways' view of smallholder household segments.
Farmland
Analysis: Opportunities and lessons learned from connecting financial services with technology solutions for smallholder farmers.
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Spotlight: A sector update on the state of smallholder agricultural insurance and the opportunities for elevating those solutions.
Huxta
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.
IDH Trade
Analysis: Highlights from a guest blog by IDH and the Lab, focusing on our research on sustainable business models.
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Analysis: Highlights from a review of the major donor agendas currently shaping the development of global smallholder finance via grant-based subsidy.
Analysis: Explores the rising number of new databases emerging in smallholder finance and the opportunities for funders/donors, financial service providers, and researchers to engage.

The Pulse

In an effort to move our sector toward a systems approach, Inflection Point Pulse (The Pulse) is new a blog series jointly authored by  the Initiative for Smallholder Finance (ISF) and Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (the Lab).  The goal of this series is to track key developments in the sector and highlight research findings that can reshape the way we think and act.