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

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

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.
The Blueprint Series: The Emerging Potential for Government in Digital Agriculture at KALRO

The Blueprint Series: The Emerging Potential for Government in Digital Agriculture at KALRO

There are very few ‘quick wins’ for agri-tech organizations working to provide smallholder farmers with affordable and meaningful products and services. It can take many years for innovators to reach the scale they need to become viable, with one of the main reasons being the critical need to keep products affordable for a segment of the farming population with very low spending power.
Landscaping of Digital Agriculture System of Indonesia

Landscaping of Digital Agriculture System of Indonesia

Mercy Corps AgriFin and Rabo Foundation are proud to release the outcome of a study carried out over several months, covering research and analysis into the demand-side, supply-side, and broader ecosystem of the digital agricultural space in Indonesia. As part of the study, we propose twelve potential interventions for development actors and funders engaging in digital services for agriculture in Indonesia.
The Blueprint Series: Is Whatsapp for Business (API) the future of smallholder farmer digitization in Africa?

The Blueprint Series: Is Whatsapp for Business (API) the future of smallholder farmer digitization in Africa?

DigiFarm, a Kenya-based social enterprise and subsidiary of Safaricom, provides a platform for smallholder farmers that offers convenient access to various services, including discounted inputs, financing, and advice on best farming practices, all from a 2G enabled mobile phone. DigiFarm won the Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets in this year’s GSMAs 2020 Global Mobile Awards.
The Blueprint Series: Can Agribusinesses Successfully Pivot to Digital Agricultural Platforms?

The Blueprint Series: Can Agribusinesses Successfully Pivot to Digital Agricultural Platforms?

Digital Agriculture Platforms (DAPs) are emerging as a scale vehicle for technology innovators across agriculture ecosystems to tie together the wide array of actors needed to drive sustainable productivity and inclusion for the world’s smallholders at the end of the last mile. While there are different types of platforms, GIZ and Mercy Corps AgriFin present four types of common DAPs characterized by the type of organization leading the platform, including agribusinesses, TELCOS, banks, and government institutions.
The Impact of Digital Channels on Behaviors During an Emergency Response Effort

The Impact of Digital Channels on Behaviors During an Emergency Response Effort

The goal of our COVID-19 and desert locust emergency response was to rapidly mobilize a range of digital content and channel providers to immediately inform farmers across the region of COVID-19 and desert locust threats and the measures they could take to protect themselves and their families.
Introducing the Digital Agriculture Platform Blueprint Series with GIZ & Dalberg

Introducing the Digital Agriculture Platform Blueprint Series with GIZ & Dalberg

Mercy Corps AgriFin has partnered with GIZ and Dalberg on a Digital Platforms for Agriculture (DAP) program, a six-month initiative to work with platform partners and young technology innovators in Kenya and Nigeria exploring sustainable pathways to scale.
Introducing the Agile Impact Series

Introducing the Agile Impact Series

In recognition of the wide reach and diverse range of products and services offered through the AgriFin ecosystem we are working with 60 Decibels to measure our impact across some of our strategic partners.