Value Chain Development

Value chains, which are comprised of financial service providers, buyers, input providers, producer organizations, and individual farmers, are often classfied as tight (i.e., well organized) or loose (i.e., poorly organized). Industry actors (e.g., foundations, governments, private investors) seek to strengthen the value chain to provide better market linkages and improve the resiliance of rural populations. 

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Report: In Africa, where agricultural production remains far below potential, companies are working with smallholder farmers to raise crop yields, open up new market opportunities, and strengthen rural economies. In a new case study, AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit features six examples of outgrower schemes that are delivering results.
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.
Community: A new blog series, jointly authored by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance and the Learning Lab will share monthly sector trends in smallholder finance and next steps forward for FSPs, donors, and investors. The Pulse is rooted in key findings and recommendations highlighted in the ISF's and Lab's latest state of the sector report, Inflection Point. 
Report: Smallholder farmers are in need of inputs such as fertilizers, improved seeds and planting material, and access to finance, delivered in a stable and cost efficient system. Insights from a new report, published by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, enable service providers to create these cost-effective and scalable solutions, empowering smallholders to grow and sustain their businesses.
Report: In a market analysis for AGRA, Dalberg sheds light on the financial sector’s service of smallholders in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana, and identifies opportunities for progressive partnerships between formal and non-formal financial service providers, including value chain actors. The analysis also looks at the role of ICT solutions to increase impact. AGRA is a Learning Lab partner, committed to sharing knowledge that will build the industry.
Report: AFR explores FinScope's 2016 survey in their latest report on financial inclusion in Rwanda.
Analysis: Recently, an increasing number of food and agribusiness multinational enterprises (F&A MNEs) are recognizing the economic potential of smallholder inclusion in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 2016 report, "Critical Success Factors for Smallholder Inclusion in High Value-Adding Supply Chains by F&A MNEs", carefully outlines key opportunities to engage smallholders in tight global value chains.
Report: Root Capital's December issue brief, Investing in Resilience: A Shared Value Approach to Agricultural Extension, focuses on scaling climate-smart practices through agricultural extension services.
Report: The 2015 international FGDA conference, "Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers”, brought together industry experts from MFIs and agricultural finance providers to exchange ideas and share best practices to close the financing gap for smallholder farmers.
Analysis: The tenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores three channels through which value chain financing models can be delivered and identifies how these models can group “enablers” to best serve smallholders.
Report: Opportunity International describes its rationale and model for financing smallholder farmers, incorporate lessons from its experience as a pioneer in the field.
Community: A technical survey investigates factors inhibiting the absorption capacity of small and medium enterprises in Ghana.

Value Chain Development

Value chains, which are comprised of financial service providers, buyers, input providers, producer organizations, and individual farmers, are often classfied as tight (i.e., well organized) or loose (i.e., poorly organized). Industry actors (e.g., foundations, governments, private investors) seek to strengthen the value chain to provide better market linkages and improve the resiliance of rural populations.