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Report: In partnership with the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, we at the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab are excited to announce the release of our newest landmark study, Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance.
Tool: USAID mSTAR's recently published Guide, offers a road map for the use of digital finance services in agriculture to improve the value chain and increase farmer income.
News: Newly released, the formal launch of Propagate, a coalition of microfinance practitioners with a deep involvement in smallholder finance.
Report: Root Capital releases a new learning report on financing farm renovation. This report explains how a blend of capital can help build resilience against a dwindling supply and rising demand in commodities such as coffee, cacao, and tea.
Analysis: The twelfth briefing note from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance suggests that, if used correctly, philanthropic investment can play an influential role in mitigating FX risk.
Report: AFR explores FinScope's 2016 survey in their latest report on financial inclusion in Rwanda.
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Tool: Dalberg Design's Ravi Chhatpar identifies a mini treasure trove of HCD tools and resources, from personas and journeys to ideation and prototyping.
Media: The RAF Learning Lab shares its first public webinar on client impact.
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Analysis: The eleventh briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. The full report is available for download here.
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: The Lab’s first major report explores how financial solutions contribute to poverty reductions and improved livelihoods for smallholder and rural households.
Report: The Learning Lab and the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) present a new literature review of the impact of rural and agricultural finance products on smallholders in the African context.