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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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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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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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Do you have what it takes to be a climate negotiator? Take this quiz and find out

World leaders descended on Paris earlier this week to negotiate a climate change agreement. This is a seminal moment for our planet and stakes couldn’t be higher — this is about keeping earth habitable for all. So, what if you could attend the … Continue reading

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Driving Smallholder Savings Through Digital Design in Senegal

This article originally appeared on CGAP. By Ravi Chhatpar, Elyse Marr and Ashish Kumar Financial inclusion initiatives for smallholders have often emphasized credit – whether through microfinance, group loans or commercial banking extensions. An alternative model emphasizes “little-by-little” savings, holding … Continue reading

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Savings Groups Fuel Digital Design for Smallholders in Rwanda

This article originally appeared on CGAP. By Sebastian Barrera, Montana Cherney, Melanie Kahl, and Ashish Kumar It’s no secret that savings groups are the lifeblood of the informal financial economy, especially for smallholder households in developing economies such as Rwanda. Savings … 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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Direct-to-Farmer Finance: Business models for serving the hardest-to-reach smallholders

By Laura Goldman An estimated 90 percent of smallholder farmers lack strong, consistent relationships with buyers – and the access to finance, inputs, agronomic training and other support that typically accompanies those relationships. The way these smallholders operate – outside a tight value … Continue reading

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