Market landscape

Articles, academic studies, field learnings, and research about the landscape of actors and their invovlement in the smallholder and rural finance market. Information for market landscapes is often collected through extensive on-the-ground interviews and workshops.

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OAF
News: The Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab is thrilled to take ownership of the Smallholder Finance Product Explorer, a project funded by the Mastercard Foundation & the Open Society Foundations, and implemented by One Acre Fund and MIX from 2016-2019. Integrating this dataset with the Lab’s current data platform will ensure users have easy access to a one-stop-shop for critical smallholder finance data.
Report: Major shifts and trends that have shaped the capital market for rural service provision since our 2016 Inflection Point report, ongoing challenges in the market, and a new pathways-based approach to segmenting capital need.
Analysis: This paper explores why it’s been difficult to generate VC-level returns in agriculture, and some solutions that show promise.
Report: Major shifts and trends that have shaped the FSP market since the 'innovation inflection point', and a look into a new model for FSP segmentation.
MCF Huxta
Analysis: A look into our new 'transition pathways' view of smallholder household segments.
Huxta
Analysis: Key insights from a recent ISF survey on the growing ecosystem of Business Development Services (BDS) to help financial service providers (FSPs) better reach smallholders.
Fund landscape
Analysis: The fifteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance interrogate how different impact-oriented agribusiness funds combine public and private capital to build a more inclusive agricultural market.
Fund landscape
Analysis: A fund manager's perspective on inclusive agribusiness and fund management.
The MasterCard Foundation_Kampala
Report: Mercy Corps' AFA program conducts country-level ecosystem reviews in coordination with its work to support the expansion of digital financial and non-financial services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. These analyses are published as white papers in the "Fertile Ground" series. This is the Zambia white paper.
Report: Mercy Corps' AFA program conducts country-level ecosystem reviews in coordination with its work to support the expansion of digital financial and non-financial services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. These analyses are published as white papers in the "Fertile Ground" series. This is the Tanzania white paper.
Analysis: Our learning brief explores the role of digital approaches (across the lending value chain) in making it possible to profitably serve the smallholder market at scale. What do the digital journeys of financial service providers entail? What results are FSPs seeing and what challenges do they face?
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.

Market landscape

Articles, academic studies, field learnings, and research about the landscape of actors and their invovlement in the smallholder and rural finance market. Information for market landscapes is often collected through extensive on-the-ground interviews and workshops.