03 Apr 2020
AgDevCo
Men looking at screen

New technologies have the potential to positively impact agribusinesses and other organizations working with or delivering services to smallholder farmers. We have previously highlighted some of the exciting work being done by a range of companies to use technologies to interact with farmers, to deliver services and extension support, and to reach out to underserved groups.

AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has been working closely with agribusinesses across Africa for the past several years. We now have 23 partnerships with agribusinesses in eight countries, all focused on finding ways to enable smallholder farmers to improve their productivity and their income. As we've supported our partners in experimenting with how best to work with smallholder farmers, we have learned a lot about what does and does not work. In two recent publications we've distilled this learning into practical guidelines for use by managers of agribusinesses and any other organizations looking to find the most effective and efficient ways to engage with smallholder farmers.

Using video for farmer training

The first of these guides focuses on how to use video to...

03 Mar 2020
AgDevCo Zambia photo

As part of the CGAP blog series, "Impact and Evidence in Financial Inclusion: Taking Stock", Emilio Hernandez explores a question the financial inclusion community is being forced to ask: financial inclusion for what?

Based on CGAP's review of the global evidence, this blog shares early insights identifying specific outcomes that poor people can achieve thanks, in part, to the use of financial services. It also highlights various knowledge gaps that the financial inclusion community should address to better understand what makes financial services more useful for poor people and positively impacts their well-being. 

Read the full blog post here.

18 Feb 2020
Learning Lab, ISF Advisors, USAID's Feed the Future Initiative
Rural women writing in notebooks

In 2019, ISF Advisors and RAF Learning Lab launched Pathways to Prosperity, a report about the state of the rural and agricultural finance sector. The report presents new, dynamic frameworks for accelerating progress toward closing the $170 billion smallholder financing gap. Recognizing the critical role they play in rural economies, the research included deep dives on engaging both women and youth in achieving inclusive agricultural transformation. In this Pulse blog, we share key learnings from the gender deep dive.