Annual Learning Event 2021: All Recordings & Resources

Thanks for joining us at our 5th Annual Learning Event (ALE). This year’s virtual event was held from Monday 26 – Thursday, 29 April 2021 and brought together over 850 participants engaging in 2 plenaries, 12 thematic sessions, 12 award presentations and 147 marketplace booths.

WhatsApp for Business (WA4B) for Agriculture

AgriFin partnered with Turn.io along with nine other partners to discover best use cases in agriculture in the first of its kind WhatsApp for Business API (WA4B) sandbox in Africa.

Farmers of AgriFin Series

Delivering to our clients is at the heart of what we do.. We spoke to some of the farmers working with a selection of our partners as well as some of the partners themselves to hear their stories and find out more about how they have been faring. Here is a collection of their stories.

60dB Partnership: How are Kenyan Farmers Faring in the Face of COVID-19?

We’re proud to be working with 60 Decibels to better understand the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kenyan farmers. The results of each data round will be shared on this page throughout the next four months.

New Digital Super Agent Model for Agriculture Bringing Financial Services and Last Mile Input Supplies to Smallholder Farmers In Tanzania

Financial Service Providers (FSPs) in Tanzania are in a conundrum. If they don’t innovate then they will be fighting for their survival. According to the 2017 Finscope Survey, Tanzania has over 50 banks with more than 15,000 branches. However, only 16.7% of the population use or have used banking services while 41% of adult Tanzanians meet most of their expenses through income generated from farming activities.

We envision a future where every smallholder farmer prospers in a digitally interconnected world.

PROGRAM REACH

16m

Smallholder farmers accessing bundled digital products and services

 

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Partners driving delivery of viable, technology-enabled products and services for smallholder farmers

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Countries of operation including Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

ALE 2021: April 26th -29th (Recordings & Resources Now Available!)

Mercy Corps AgriFin is proud to have hosted its 5th Annual Learning Event following six years of successful program work. The four-day conference focused on impact & innovation and convene the industry’s top experts and practitioners. We hosted over 80 speakers, exploring themes such as the impact of COVID-19 and Desert Locusts, the role of digital platforms in technology innovation, bundled financial and non-financial services, and impact research.

Access ALE 2021 Recordings & Resources

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.

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60 Decibels Partnership: How are Kenyan Farmers Faring in the Face of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the government-mandated lockdowns have disrupted agricultural activities across Kenya. Our partner 60 Decibels has been studying Kenyan farmers to understand the impact of the pandemic on their livelihoods and wellbeing through monthly data collection from June 2020-February 2021. We are now working together with 60 Decibels for four additional rounds of data collection between March and June 2021 and publishing the results of each round on a monthly basis on this page. Access an infographic summary of the data, or click below to view the dashboard.

THE CHALLENGE

Smallholder farmers feed 1/3rd of the world’s population but live on less than $2.50 a day.

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HOW IT WORKS

We design digital products and services with and for un-banked smallholders.

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LIBRARY

Learnings from the intersection of digital agriculture, financial services and data.

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PARTNERSHIPS

Our 100+ partners span multiple public, private and government sectors and actors.

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FARMER INSIGHTS

We’ve uncovered a range of smallholder needs and behavioral insights.

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OUR REACH

We have reached more than 5.5 million smallholders across 8 countries with digital services.

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PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

NASA

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.

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