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All Blog Posts Tagged 'agriculture' (15)

Partnerships: distracting dead-end or sustainable solution?

I can't turn my head without hearing either how difficult partnerships are, or how essential they are.

I've just come off a webinar conversation with Ted London who argued that inclusive businesses need a Chief Ecosystem Director in the leadership team, because business success will depend on strategically selecting and creating external partnerships.  A mistake made by many…


Added by Caroline Ashley, Editor on May 17, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Siam Organic: Grains of Impact


Added by Impact Investment Shujog on March 14, 2016 at 6:00 — No Comments

Innovating in Cassava cultivation: Possibilities for collaboration with India to add value and increase productivity

Agriculture and nutrition together play an integral part in the socio-economic growth of developing nations. Traditionally, yams and plantains were staple food crops in South Asian and African countries. Over the past few decades, Cassava has been cultivated as a major famine-reserve crop which feeds about 300 million people in the continent and serves 40% of daily calorie intake across countries…


Added by Parvathi Menon on December 8, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Samunnati Financial Services - Providing Financial Access to Agri Value Chain Players

Started in November 2014 in Thiruvannamalai, Samunnati is a financial services intermediation company that provides innovative financial products & services to the agriculture value chain players in remote parts of Tamil Nadu. Samunnati has been using Artoo’s Financial CRM technology solution since its inception. Sowmya talked to …


Added by Sowmya Suryanarayanan on November 15, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

More haste, less waste: !nspiraFarms™ certification-ready processing facilities are reshaping the small scale food industry

Greater efficiency, certification and reduced losses for small-scale farmer cooperatives and other rural enterprise can represent a major positive impact on their income and livelihoods.

The opportunity arises as food processors and retailers globally are looking to farmer organisations and rural entrepreneurs to take on initial post-harvest processes such as cutting, washing, packing and cold storage, allowing a greater volume and quality of output to meet rapidly growing demand for…


Added by Paula Rodriguez on July 8, 2015 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Accelerating the impact of private sector investment into African agriculture: Progress on the ground

Since its inception in 2011, Grow Africa has established itself as a trusted platform for increasing responsible, sustainable and inclusive  private sector investment in African agriculture.

A Progress Report, detailing Grow Africa's work, focuses on specific projects on the ground.

Grow Africa’s initial focus was on attracting investment into…


Added by Frances Bell on March 11, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Editor's Choice, March 2015: Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption

I was very happy when Caroline Ashley asked me to guest edit the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business that agribusiness is the first theme I am involved with. Having spent the first 

part of my career helping parts of the tea industry in East and Central Africa to get back on its feet following some difficult…


Added by Tom Harrison on March 10, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

The how and why of agricultural partnerships for Yara Tanzania

For smallholders in Tanzania, crop productivity is quite low. One major reason is poor adoption of quality inputs (seeds, fertilizer).  82% of the smallholders do not use fertilizer due to lack of knowledge on it benefits, lack of financial capacity to buy fertilizer or otherwise non-availability. Here at Yara Tanzania we want to change that, and support smallholders to transition to more profitable and sustainable farming. In this, my first blog, I want to explain something of how we do…


Added by William on March 10, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

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

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

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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