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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.
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.
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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.
Analysis: The Learning Lab presents an illustrated excerpt of its forthcoming study on the impact case for rural and agricultural finance.
Analysis: Dalberg's Christabell Makokha provides a preview of Kenya ecosystem findings from an upcoming Mercycorps AgriFin Accelerate white paper.
Analysis: The tenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores three channels through which value chain financing models can be delivered and identifies how these models can group “enablers” to best serve smallholders.
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Analysis: The Learning Lab analyzes the applications from the first innovation competition of The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. The innovation landscape that emerges is promising.
Analysis: Andre Proctor, Keystone Accountability's Programme Services Director, describes Keystone's Feedback Commons and how its pilot program has impacted banana farmers in Kenya.
Analysis: Opportunity International's 2013 impact assessment of its agricultural lending program offers revealing findings on its model for serving smallholders and client impact.
Analysis: Direct-to-farmer finance is one channel of reaching smallholder farmers, but it can be challenging for banks not already serving those customer segments.
Analysis: The ninth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance is a case study of a TechnoServe project aiming to increase incomes of smallholder coffee farmers in East Africa.