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All Blog Posts Tagged 'agriculture' (10)

Mobile Money and Farmers at the BoP! money, a brand new 'sector' that began only six to seven years ago, is something that everybody seems to be talking about.  There are 250+ platforms in developing countries and numerous institutions/initiatives such as Gates Foundation, G20, USAID and many others have rapidly rushed in trying to find how best to leverage this exciting payments/finance distribution channel on behalf of development and financial inclusion.  Most of these 250+ platforms have not yet turned a…


Added by Lee H. Babcock on January 9, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Mud Sanitation

The first concern of organizations working on issues of sanitation, is based on the principle of preserving respect for the human person during defecation, rather than the future of the consequence of this biological need: fecal matter.

Following this principle, defecation in the open was banned for defecating in place of comfort in an enclosed area. For the past 70 years all these technical provisions preserve some privacy, comfort, but never provided solve the real problems of…


Added by D'Alexandris on October 9, 2014 at 15:21 — No Comments

Biological cleansing purification of waste waters

The Biological Cleansing (A.B) with its process Pit Biological " lyseconcept is a revolution in…


Added by D'Alexandris on October 9, 2014 at 15:07 — No Comments

It’s not as simple as it seems: learning from company, sourcing from smallholders

This blog was originally written for and published on the Business Fights Poverty website.

A sustainable supply chain that sources from smallholder farmers - sounds easy. But it is common knowledge that long-standing problems like insufficient quantity and quality, side-selling of the harvest, rainfall, pests and prices, can often beset initiatives in practice.

Two candid…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on December 6, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Can a non-agricultural company transform the agricultural value chain?

This blog was originally written for and published on the Business Fights Poverty website.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on December 5, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Prospects for development: microinsurance in Malawi

The recent growth in microinsurance in Africa has generated interest, with 44 million lives covered across life, funeral, health, and/or agri microinsurance (McCord et al, 2013).[1] Life insurance, often in the form of credit life because the insurance product is bundled with a loan, has been the main driver of growth, a phenomenon that can be largely attributed to the rising demand for and availability of microcredit from microfinance institutions. Health…


Added by Yann Gelister on November 8, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

It's time to redefine focus on microenterprises

Please find the article at

Looking forward to your views.

Happy reading!

Sanjay Gupta 

Added by Sanjay Kumar Gupta on March 13, 2013 at 15:05 — No Comments

Editor's Choice March 2013: smallholders, finance and a very big gap

This report upset my plans.   Last month’s choice was an agriculture report so this month should not be.  But since reading ‘Catalysing  Smallholder Agricultural Finance’ 2 weeks ago, I have had umpteen times when I have referred to its findings in conversations and plans.  So if it’s that useful, I should share it.

The headline finding of a $450 billion gap in agricultural finance for…


Added by Editor's Choice on March 1, 2013 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Can Information Technology Put the Smallholder on the Map?

BIF brought together representatives of about fifty private companies and non-profits for a workshop Monday in Lilongwe. If you missed the workshop and want to learn more, read on, and visit our event page to see resources from the day. The day was designed to identify the overlapping needs and capabilities of Malawi’s private sector companies and non-profit organisations. Ideally, the Venn…


Added by Kate Collins on November 16, 2012 at 14:02 — No Comments

Key Supply Chain Challenges accessing Small Holder Farmers

There is increased interest in agriculture in Africa and in particular small holder farmers (SHF). SHF’s output remains low and is seen by many organizations to hold the key to chronic food shortages in Africa. For any suppliers looking to expand their footprint to access agro dealers servicing small holder farmers, there remain some key challenges.

Infrastructure – Infrastructure remains a key challenge as distances are great in African upcountry areas. According to…


Added by Tielman Nieuwoudt on August 2, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

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