Agriculture and Food Security

Put simply, agriculture drives development. Agriculture today accounts for 10% of global economic output and provides livelihoods for more than 2 billion people in low and middle-income countries. Our experience ranges from analyzing and improving agricultural value chains, to increasing public and private investments into the sector, and establishing inclusive supply chains. A significant proportion of our work focuses on understanding, empowering, and advocating for smallholder farmers. 

Establishing a Cassava Financing Facility

We established a cassava financing facility in Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique to provide access to finance to processors in the cassava value chain. We identified a pipeline of primary processors to be invested and potential partners, and designed a financing facility.

Direct to Farmer Finance Innovation Playbook

Innovation can help direct-to-farmer finance providers better serve farmers by addressing the challenges associated with direct-to-farmer lending. Existing challenges – such as lending risks and service delivery – are exacerbated at scale; investing in innovation can help direct-to-farmer finance providers scale up to more quickly and effectively meet the vast global demand for smallholder finance.

Financial Inclusion Fit to Size: Customizing Digital Credit for Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania

Digital credit products represent an important financial inclusion opportunity for smallholder farmers in Tanzania, where close to 80% of the workforce is engaged in farming. Uptake of these products by smallholder farmers, however, remains limited. 

To address this challenge, Dalberg's Design used a human-centered design (HCD) approach across three regions of Tanzania to produce behavioral insights around smallholder farmers’ interaction with, and demand for, digital credit products. 

New Offerings and Business Models for Financial Inclusion

Dalberg partnered with CGAP and myAgro to conduct research, ideation and prototyping across Senegal to understand smallholder farmers’ unmet needs, prioritize new product propositions and design and prototype new solutions.

See more on supporting smallholder savings in Senegal.

Surveying Smallholder Tea Farmers' Responses to Frost Mitigation

As part of USAID and NASA’s SERVIR initiative, we conducted a survey of 425 smallholder tea farmers in Kericho and Nandi Hills, Kenya, to examine their current behavior towards frost mitigation and response, and their perceptions as to the potential value of frost monitoring technology.

Identifying Innovative Business Models for Direct-to-Farmer Financing

We conducted primary research with smallholder farmers and facilitated a multi-stakeholder system mapping and design lab to identify innovative business models for direct-to-farmer financing. We also created an innovation agenda for future product development investment.

Studying Smallholder Farmers' Use of Financial Services in Kenya

We conducted a benchmark study for Mercy Corps on the use of financial services by smallholder farmers in Kenya who live on under $2.5 a day. The research focused on the pain points that prevent them from achieving financial health, and their current uses and perceptions of technology.

Evaluating Two Agricultural Inventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

We evaluated the income and nutrition related impact of the two interventions in selected agricultural clusters in Benin, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania. We interviewed a totally of 4,800 farmers of a specific crop.

Evaluating the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program in Rwanda

We completed a baseline study to evaluate the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program in Rwanda. We interviewed around 1,800 farmers from both treatment and comparison cooperatives in 11 districts of Rwanda.

Transforming Public Sector Agriculture Interventions in Tanzania

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a first-of-its-kind grant to Dalberg to drive cultural change within the public-sector agricultural system of Tanzania, with the target of launching more effective and efficient ways of doing business. We worked closely with National and Local government, to identify high-potential points of intervention in the agriculture value chain and deploy a team of 10 program officers who work alongside government staff to provide hands-on capacity building.