Leveraging AMCOS to scale Digital Financial Services – Insights from Tanzania’s cashew value chain

Tanzania’s Cashew Model How can AMCOS be further leveraged as a channel for increased access and utilisation, and what should financial institutions consider to ensure their services are effective? One of our learning approaches to these questions is conducting relevant research that informs interventions that can delve into different value chains, introduce new technologies, and create new partnerships – all with the aim of improving digital inclusion among smallholder farmers.…

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For Women Smallholders in Zambia, Financial Inclusion is Not “One-Size-Fits-All”

NOTE: This post is a continuation of the Blog Series, Increasing women’s financial inclusion in Zambia. See below for links to other parts in this series. The financial resilience and aspirations of women smallholder farmers are not homogenous. They vary considerably depending on women’s incomes and factors such as their social networks, previous financial experiences, income and expense volatility, and degree of control over household finances. Digital financial products and…

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Super Platforms: Connecting Farmers to Markets in Africa

Note: This post was first published on CGAP Blog as part of the series: Platform Economy: What it means for Financial Inclusion. See the original post here. Super platforms are pushing the boundaries of financial inclusion around the world, creating millions of new jobs and stimulating trade, especially in rural markets. These “platforms of platforms” are typically thought of as connecting customers and merchants, but as new Mercy Corps research…

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Who Influences Women Smallholder Farmers in Zambia?

NOTE: This post is a continuation of the Blog Series, Increasing women’s financial inclusion in Zambia. See below for links to other parts in this series. Do Service Touch-Points Increase Demand for Digital Services? Formative research by AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) in Zambia showed that increasing rural access points, tailored to women smallholders’ needs and preferences, was a key trigger for promoting their adoption of digital financial and information services (DFS…

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Promoting Digital Engagement of Women Farmers

How should Digital Financial and Information Services Target Women Farmers to Increase their Productivity? AFA is continuously learning about and improving strategies to reach women with digital financial and information services. We strive to share emerging lessons with the agricultural and financial inclusion communities. Read about our six key insights on promoting engagement with women smallholder farmers highlighted in this infographic. Learnings from AFA Interventions in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia Women smallholder…

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Improving Rural Connectivity in East Africa

PART 1: Designing a Rural Connectivity Hub Model On April 10th, 2018, AgriFin Accelerate was excited to host an ideation workshop in Nairobi to engage leading market experts on the concept of rural connectivity and explore solutions to existing challenges and partnership models. The Issue Broadband and wireless internet access has grown exponentially in Kenya over the past few years, in part, due to a range of cost-effective solutions targeting…

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2017 AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) Learning Outcomes Highlighted at 2nd Annual Learning Event

The Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) program seeks to address the financial inclusion gap for smallholder farmers with greater access to affordable, accessible, and demand-driven financial products and services. As part of AFA’s 2nd Annual Learning Event, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on 31 January 2018, AFA is releasing a wide range of blogs and documents highlighting its program and learning outcomes from the past year in Kenya, Zambia, and…

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Don’t Lose the Plot

Reality TV ‘edutainment’ series Don’t Lose the Plot engages youth to see farming as a business through digital media and tools As the average age of African farmers rises above 40 years, countries are faced with the question of how to cultivate the next generation of food growers. Knowing that youth are drawn to digital technologies and social media, the Mercy Corps Agrifin Accelerate (AFA) Program collaborated with the Mediae…

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Increasing women’s financial inclusion in Zambia – Part 2

NOTE: This post is a continuation of the Blog Series, Increasing women’s financial inclusion in Zambia. See below for links to other parts in this series. A Seasonal Mapping of Zambian Women Smallholder Farmers’ Major Activities, Expenses, and Earnings The lives and financial health of women smallholder farmers in Zambia are largely governed by the annual planting and harvesting of maize, which is grown by 80% of the country’s farmers…

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