03 Feb 2021
Learning Lab, Shell Foundation

In March 2020 we set out to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic would impact different types of rural households, and shared these projections over several months through our COVID-19 Emergency Briefing Series. By December 2020 we were able to bring those projections to bear with data and real stories from the field that painted a picture of the actual impacts of COVID-19 on rural households in Kenya.

Download our latest learning brief for the full insightsor keep reading for a summary of key learnings.

16 Dec 2020
Learning Lab, Shell Foundation

In April 2020, we launched a COVID-19 Emergency Briefing Series with ISF Advisors to anticipate the potential impacts of COVID-19 on different types of rural households, and the cascading effects that could follow on markets, food security, and national security. This new learning brief examines the actual impacts of COVID-19 on rural households in Kenya using real stories and data collected from the field from mid-March through August 2020.


As with the COVID-19 Emergency Briefing series, this learning brief builds on the Pathways to Prosperity report by applying a pathways lens to better understand how the crisis is impacting different types of rural households that are pursuing diverse livelihood strategies and have varying levels of resilience to cope with shocks. 

14 Dec 2020
ISF Advisors

Data is growing in importance across all sectors, including agriculture. With the advent of new digital technologies and innovative business models, the amount of available data and potential use cases are increasing. Agricultural and Fintech innovators that recognize this trend are utilizing data in new ways, from creating digital platforms to delivering new, data-enabled services. Many are also exploring data partnerships, combining the power of multiple datasets to create greater impact for smallholder farmers.

In a new case study, ISF Advisors examined 33 engagements between Mercy Corps’ AgriFin program and 14 partners across four different countries. We found that around a quarter of the portfolio of AgriFin engagements—spanning various use cases—featured a strong data-sharing component. Underpinning many of these engagements are complex negotiations about how data sharing can unlock service delivery and enable different social and commercial outcomes for different players.

By analyzing these 33 engagements, we have uncovered lessons about the common barriers faced by data-sharing arrangements. In distilling these lessons, we hope to provide practical guidance and tools for overcoming these barriers to the broader ecosystem of actors involved in optimizing data sharing for...