Blog & News
March 30, 2021
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
March 30, 2021
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.
February 16, 2021
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.
February 11, 2021
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?
February 09, 2021
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.
February 02, 2021
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.
January 28, 2021
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.
January 28, 2021
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.
December 10, 2020
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.
December 09, 2020
In our digital age, data is increasingly recognized as a powerful tool across all sectors, including agriculture.
December 08, 2020
This year East Africa has experienced a dual crises of the largest desert locust invasion in decades and the global COVID-19 pandemic, both threatening farmers’ livelihoods.
December 07, 2020
Hello Tractor is a leading agtech innovator that connects tractor owners to farmers through an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled digital solution that bridges the gap between manual and mechanized farming.