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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 28, 2018Knowledge Portal
Unlocking the potential of blockchain for agriculture

This ICT Update magazine focuses on the potential of blockchain for agriculture. The blockchain technology has the potential to provide answers to a number of issues in agriculture. It is often a background addition to existing processes in the value chain and lends itself to recording transactions. »

September 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Exploring blockchain applications to agricultural finance

This brief set out to understand how the emerging technology of distributed ledger technologies (DLT), also known as blockchain, could enable broader and more inclusive markets for agricultural finance. Any DLT solution to agricultural finance should be as simple and straightforward as possible. »

August 14, 2018Knowledge Portal
The business advantage: Mobilizing private sector-led climate actions in agriculture

This report is on how public funds can mobilize private resources for climate change adaptation, how much impact is generated through public-private partnerships, and  how such impact is delivered to the farmer households. Scaling up and channeling private capital is crucial in limiting climate change. »

July 28, 2018Knowledge Portal
Agricultural input subsidies for improving productivity, farm income, consumer welfare and wider growth in low- and lower-middle-income countries

This systematic review evaluates the impact of input subsidies on agricultural productivity, beneficiary incomes and welfare, consumer welfare and wider economic growth. Results show that subsidized fertilizers and seeds are associated with increased use of these inputs, higher agricultural yields and increased income. »

July 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
Access to finance in agribusiness partnerships

This paper shares the successes and lessons learned to improve access to finances (A2F). A2F enables smallholder farmers to invest in crop protection and farm inputs to improve yield and quality and help them integrate into commercial markets. »