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AFA Case Study: Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 15, 2019

Digital Pathways for Youth in Agriculture
by Mercy Corps  AgriFin Accelerate

What do we know about young African farmers today? What support do they need to drive change and growth in African agriculture? AFA interviewed 23 young farmers across 10 villages in two Kenyan counties to more fully understand their financial and agricultural portfolios, needs, and outlooks. What they found were key variations in capacities and aspirations across sub-segments of young farmers – suggesting a need to customize supports and services to fit different youth persona profiles.

Tags:  2019  AFApublication  Africa  Agriculture  Mercy Corps  Sustainable Ag  Youth 

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On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
On the functioning of agricultural markets in Mali: Strategies for development
by USAID and CrossBoundary

This study, commissioned by USAID's Economic Growth Office and implemented by CrossBoundary's Mali Investment Facilitation Platform, investigates constraints to Mali's agricultural markets. It identifies the obstacles that stand in the way of organizations and projects aiming to modernize the country's agricultural sector, and provides possible remedies. The report also presents evidence that sustained support for private sector actors can initiate a paradigm shift. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  Africa  agriculture  economic growth  sector publication 

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Empowering through Collective Action

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Empowering through Collective Action
by Pierre Marie Bosc, IFAD Research Series

This paper is focused on how collective action can contribute to inclusion objectives, with particular respect to the agriculture sector. It was released in October 2018 as part of IFAD's Research Series, which brings together cutting-edge thinking on smallholder agriculture and rural development. Drawing on empirical and theoretical references, the paper posits that collection action could influence the domains of "public goods provision, expanding opportunities and challenging current norms and behaviours."

Tags:  2018  agriculture  inclusive business  sector publication 

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Indian Farming's Next Big Moment: Farming as a Service

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018

Indian Farming's Next Big Moment: Farming as a Service
Chris Mitchell, Shivani Sehgal, Priyanka Chopra, Hemendra Mathur 
Bain & Company

Given the importance of agriculture in India, both the government and private players are working to improve the efficiency and productivity of Indian agriculture and exploring how Farming as a Service (FaaS) solutions can play a role. FaaS seeks to provide affordable technology solutions for efficient farming. It converts fixed costs into variable costs for farmers, thus making the techniques more affordable for a majority of small farmers. Its services are available on a subscription or pay-per-use basis in three broad categories, which are crucial across the agriculture value chain.

Read the full report. 

Tags:  2018  agriculture  india  small and growing agrobusiness 

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Future of Food: Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018

Future of Food: Maximizing Finance for Development in Agricultural Value Chains
The World Bank Group

Current levels of investment in agricultural value chains are insufficient to achieve key development goals including ending poverty and hunger, boosting shared prosperity through more and better jobs, and better stewarding the world’s natural resources by 2030. Crowding-in private investment to help achieve these goals and optimizing the use of scarce public resources will be needed, as will the continued promotion of good governance and environmental and social sustainability. Increasing private sector investment and associated financing will require identifying and understanding market failures currently leading to the sub-optimal private provision of goods and services needed to achieve key development goals. Where the private sector is already investing in agricultural value chains, promoting responsible investment can help increase development impacts. Crowding-in more private investment requires increasing the space for private sector activity, improving the policy and regulatory environment, and considering options for using public financing to improve private incentives and to reduce transaction costs and risks, including blended finance solutions. While these actions can help induce more private investment, there is still a critical need for public resources to finance essential public goods and services such as human capital, agricultural research, and complementary public infrastructure

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Tags:  2018  Agriculture  small and growing agrobusiness 

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Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 4, 2018

Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs
World Bank Group, Norad, Sida, Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Finlad, and UKaid

This report presents lessons learned from various models that public and private sector programs use
to stimulate growth of agro-processing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through linkages to larger firms in developing countries. The study considers the unique barriers that SMEs face and the market- driven approaches spurring SME growth by facilitating linkages to lead firms in challenging development contexts which might serve as a reference for policymakers, development practitioners, and private sector actors. The report presents approaches to successful, sustainable program design for public and private sector–led initiatives, in an effort to enrich the knowledge available to expand the opportunities for agro-processing, and to attract lead firms to partner with smaller ones. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Agriculture  SMEs 

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Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

By Opportunity International

Opportunity International's (Opportunity's) Agricultural Finance (AgFinance) program helps smallholder farmers increase farm productivity, financial stability, and food security to enhance quality of life. To assess and improve its gender strategy, Opportunity conducted an analysis of its AgFinance program in 2016 with funding from the British Government's Department for International Development 


Key Research Findings

  • For Financial Inclusion: 92% of women clients perceive Opportunity as welcoming to women and 81% of women clients say they have more decision-making power in their families because of Opportunity's AgFinance program. Gender barriers arise primarily when Opportunity recruits clients through traditional male-led village structures and farmer groups.
  • For Financial Institutions: To best understand the market potential in serving women with AgFinance, viable market segments must be identified based on factors like location and literacy before segmenting the market by gender. Grasping the diversity of farmers and agri-businesses helps identify the right target market. 

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Tags:  Agriculture  finance  gender  small and growing agrobusiness 

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Smallholder Outgrower Scheme

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Smallholder Outgrower Scheme:
Principles of Success

by AgDevCo, in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation and UKAID

AgDevCo, in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation and UKAID, launched the Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) to work with rural agricultural enterprises to develop equitable outgrower schemes that will boost productivity and incomes for half a million smallholder farmers. This case study investigates the practical lessons and underlying principles of success of six smallholder outgrower schemes.

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Agriculture  smallholder farmers 

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An Exploration of Agripreneurship

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 1, 2016

An exploration of Agripreneurship: Scope, Actors and Prospects

by Steven Carr, Independent Consultant & Anne Roulin, Nestle R&D

This research was commissioned as a result of growing interest in the topic of youth-centered Agripreneurship and seeks to identify the key actors to help young unemployed, or under-employed, graduates in Africa, or other developing economies, to enter into entrepreneurship in agriculture or agribusiness.

It is hoped that this report will encourage future dialogue between organisations that share an area of interest and thus play a meaningful role in catalyzing new partnerships to support the sustainable development of rural communities, building the resilience of food chains and creating wealth through the activities of dynamic young Agripreneurs.

Download the report below. 

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Tags:  2016  Agriculture 

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Diverse Perspectives, Shared Objectives

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report describes the collaboration between different organizations, including many ANDE members, that resulted in a USD 25 million impact investment into the African Agricultural Capital Fund.

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 Attached Files:
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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Agriculture  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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