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October 11, 2018Knowledge Portal
Big data could mean big opportunity: Why we should stay excited for data analytics in smallholder finance

This brief aims to provide a high level understanding of how data analytics is used for smallholder farmers. The authors of the brief believe there are ways to transform the underlying economics to serve farmers profitably and at scale – and that data and technology could be fundamental drivers of this shift. »

September 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Maize seed systems in different agro-ecosystems; what works and what does not work for smallholder farmers

This article aims to contribute to better functioning of maize seed sectors serving smallholders, by analysing across different systems. Smallholder farmers are increasingly purchasing seed from the formal maize seed system in different parts of the world. »

August 28, 2018Knowledge Portal
Beyond the blockchain

This magazine examines the opportunities of blockchain in agriculture for smallholder farmers. Blockchains are increasingly helpful to involve small-scale farmers in agricultural value chains. However, scaling up solutions are hindered by costs and the access to connectivity and digital literacy skills is limited »

August 23, 2018Knowledge Portal
Launching into space: Using satellite imagery in financial services

This case study offers insight into the method behind how FinTechs integrated earth observation technology (satellite imagery) into their financial servies. Despite challenges, initial testing with satellite imagery has been positive. »

August 20, 2018Knowledge Portal
Linking smallholder vegetable producers to markets: A comparison of a vegetable producer group and a contract-farming arrangement in the Lushoto District of Tanzania

This study compares a farmer-based organization and a contract farming approach, as ways to link smallholder vegetable producers to markets. For several decades there has been a growing interest in institutional arrangements to link smallholder farmers to markets. »

August 18, 2018Knowledge Portal
Digital and data-driven agriculture: Harnessing the power of data for smallholders

This paper┬ádiscusses the huge opportunities and the main challenges of data-driven agriculture for smallholder farmers. The two main challenges for smallholders are to gain access to relevant data and to make sure that data sharing does not weaken their positions. »