Category Archives: Agriculture

Financial inclusion fit to size: Customizing digital credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania

For the fourteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG) explores the causes of low uptake in digital credit for smallholders to better understand how we can develop concrete product solutions to jump-start adoption … Continue reading

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How Does Digital Technology Make Lending to Farmers More Viable? (Early Findings)

The Learning Lab – an initiative of The MasterCard Foundation, jointly implemented by GDI and Dalberg –  is researching the Business case for digitally-enabled smallholder finance, specifically: what role do digital tools play in successful business models for lending to … Continue reading

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Deals That Can Break Poverty Cycle Afflicting Smallholder Farmers

By Edel Were It’s one of the most widespread mantras of Africa’s economic development: unlocking smallholder farmer potential will secure Africa’s food production and improve the livelihoods of millions… if only farmers had fool proof ways to increase productivity and … Continue reading

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Capitalizing on a $2.5bn opportunity in East Africa

By Angela Hansen and Michael Davis What am I? Indigenous to the Andes, I’m the #2 grown crop in Kenya and Rwanda.  The average “global citizen” eats nearly 75 lbs of me a year.  In East Africa, my demand is … Continue reading

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[Video] Yana Kakar at the African Development Bank Annual Meetings

Global Managing Partner Yana Kakar spoke at the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings on enhancing economic opportunities for women and young people in the agriculture sector. Dalberg also helped develop and launch two of the Bank’s new “high five” strategic priorities on … Continue reading

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Cassava Innovation Challenge

Attempting to reduce the staggering amounts of food loss in cassava is ambitious. Indeed research institutes have spent decades working on preservation and post-harvest technologies, but they mostly focused on increasing yield from the crop by reducing pests and combatting … Continue reading

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Cassava Needs a Longer Shelf Life — And You Can Help

By Amira Bliss and Nneka Eze Anyone reading this has their own story to tell about food waste. One of the first lessons we are taught – wherever in the world we call home – is “don’t waste food.” And … Continue reading

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Introducing DigitalSharingEconomy.com: Sharing Resources, Building Economies

Geeta is busy preparing a meal in the kitchen with her mom, Kamla. Tonight this New Delhi family will welcome guests from across the world and introduce them to local culinary specialties. They’ll be paid via an online platform, and … Continue reading

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The Financial Power of the Group: How Demand Aggregation Can Enable Consumer Financing for Renewable Energy Products

This post originally appeared on NextBillion. By Umang Prabhakar and Manisha Pandita In Northern India close to the Arabian Sea, salt farmers known asagariyas harvest salt in large pans from sub-surface brine. Every day during the seven-month-long production season, they labor … Continue reading

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Infographic: How Much Does Meat Really Cost?

By Sonila Cook, Thabo Matse, and Julia Rohrer Consumption of animal protein is expected to grow 73 percent from current levels by the year 2050. While people in developed countries eat almost three times as much meat as those in … Continue reading

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