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

Farmer Examining Grasses in Field

  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 […]

Unleashing Ugandan farmers’ potential through mobile phones


  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The $450 Billion Opportunity: Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance

The world’s 450 million smallholder farmers represent a large – and largely unmet – opportunity for agricultural financing. As population growth and rising incomes create unprecedented demand for food, multinational companies increasingly rely on smallholders to secure their supply of agricultural commodities. As a result, smallholders present a compelling opportunity for buyers, lenders, and other […]

Visionary African Plant Breeders Tackle Issue of Better and More Available Seed for Farmers


This article summarizes a meeting held by over 100 African crop breeding experts to discuss how to meet smallholder farmers’ need for high performing and high impact seed varieties. “In Africa, farmers have largely not benefited from improved seeds due to a lack of localized crop breeding and efficient, dependable seed delivery system. And so […]