Mercy Corps’ Agri-Fin Mobile program goes live in Indonesia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe

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A unique “bundled” mobile service is changing the way smallholder farmers conduct business.

A new Mercy Corps program, dubbed “Agri-Fin Mobile” (“agriculture” plus “financial” services), is helping rural farmers in Indonesia, Uganda and Zimbabwe increase their crop yields, boost their food security, and enhance their economic prospects. Launched in July of 2012 with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Agri-Fin Mobile partners local mobile tech companies, financial institutions and research organizations to provide “bundled” support for smallholder farmers.

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Unleashing Ugandan farmers’ potential through mobile phones

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Farmers will be able to build a credit history through data collected on their farming supply purchases and produce sales.

A powerful new mobile platform combining agriculture information and financial services specifically designed for smallholder farmers is going live in Uganda, helping farmers plow even more value from each acre.

Based on AgriLife, a cloud-based platform, the platform will be accessible via mobile phone and provide two key, interconnected services: data collection and analysis about farmers’ production capability and history, as well as provide an integration point for financial institutions, mobile network operators, produce buyers and their agents to more efficiently provide much-needed services to distant, rural farmers.

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Is Africa ready to climb the value chain in agriculture?

Ellen Olafsen Five hundred million. That’s the official estimate, the number that practitioners arrive at from a range of 200 to 900 million. That is the number of smallholder farmers in the world, and it makes a lot of eyes pop in development circles. Take for example the most recent agribusiness value-chain event, Making the … Read more

The BIG Smallholder Opportunity

Over the past few years, agriculture has returned to the center stage of the development agenda – particularly as price fluctuations and demographic growth aggravate the challenge of food security. A staggering 870 million people, 12 percent of the world’s population, are chronically undernourished today. It’s clear that smallholders are important partners for improving food … Read more