In 2015, Mercy Corps launched the AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) Programme; a six-year, $24 million project funded by the Mastercard Foundation. AgriFin Accelerate is addressing the inclusion gap for smallholder farmers.
Smallholder farmers face a myriad of challenges across key components of agricultural value chains, especially in logistics. The COVID-19 pandemic has created large-scale disruptions of rural supply chains.
The costs and benefits of adopting climate-smart practices are unequally distributed among household members. We partnered with EIT Climate–Kic to assess ways that women can be equitably included in their WINnERS Program.
From collaborating with ZANACO PLC to build a digital platform for smallholders, we’ve identified an approach to capturing value from banking smallholders, as well as to bridging the gender divide in financial access.
AgriFin is excited to publish recent findings of a study we commissioned on the impacts of COVID-19 on agro-dealers in Kenya. The study findings are complemented by findings in other research pieces conducted by our partners.
We envision a future where every smallholder farmer prospers in a digitally interconnected world.
Our Response to the Desert Locust & COVID-19 Crises
As the Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, early warning signs indicate that Eastern African countries are also on the brink of a food security crisis. We’re aligning our innovations to prepare farmers and their communities for the potential impact of COVID-19 and the Desert Locust invasion. As an extension of our usual programming, we’re reaching 8 MILLION FARMERS through multiple digital channels like SMS, radio, IVR and call centers to provide them with essential information on how to protect their health and mitigate the additional threats to their livelihoods.
〉Partners driving delivery of viable, technology-enabled products and services for smallholder farmers
〉 Countries of operation including Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
We leverage the power of digital technology, data, and a global network of partners to build a brighter future for smallholder farmers and the people they feed.
We design, test & scale digital services and products to boost their productivity & income and build their resilience to climate change
Through a new partnership with NASA, Mercy Corps is expanding our AgriFin program to connect farmers with satellite data. State-of-the-art imagery, modeling, and analysis will help small-holder farmers manage their crops and adapt to climate change.