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Spotlight: New guest blog from Farming First uses two case studies from their recently released climate smart video and case study series to explain how climate smart agriculture practices enable smallholders to more effectively and reliably use finance for agriculture production.
Report: IIF and CFI Accion’s recently published report, “The Business of Financial Inclusion: Insights from Banks in Emerging Markets” digs into commercial banks and the role of digital technology in the emerging market, a concept the Lab is currently looking into for the RAF space.
Tool: CGAP recently published a Customer Experience Playbook to help FSPs increase uptake and usage among low-income customers. Although the CX Playbook is targeted at urban clients we think there are many valuable lessons that can be applied to rural communities as well.
Analysis: The Learning Lab analyzes applications from the first Scaling Competition of The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. Findings confirm key trends from the first Innovation Challenge and identify new trends around bundled service offerings and digital solutions.
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.
News: The Learning Lab is growing! Over the past half-year the Lab has added 5 new partners to our network, covering a wide range of geographies, customer segments and provider models.
News: A diverse crowd of industry stakeholders gathered at the May 5 State of Smallholder Finance event to discuss findings from the landmark report, Inflection Point.
Report: ATAI's latest policy bulletin, Making It Rain, reviews 10 randomized evaluations of weather index insurance. The study shed light on the barriers around uptake and usability for weather index insurance. Their findings are consistent with the market trends we are witnessing as well as our own broader call to action in this space.
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Report: CGAP's recent study, Smallholder Diaries, offers valuable insights into smallholder financing needs and supports the broader case for customer centricity to unlock growth in financial solutions.
Community: We're excited to have Kiva Labs on board as a new Learning Lab partner. Learn how Kiva Labs uses its crowd-sourced capital model to address constraints to smallholder financing.
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: The One Acre Fund 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of the organization's progress, forward-looking strategies, and new initiatives. Beginning with an opening letter from the Executive and Managing Directors, the report walks through One Acre's scaling progress and strategy, their impact for 2015, new country expansion opportunities, and stories from the farmers themselves.