A unique “bundled” mobile service is changing the way smallholder farmers conduct business. A new Mercy Corps program, dubbed “Agri-Fin...

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

infoDev Program Coordinator Ellen Olafsen and other stakeholders took on the web of obstacles to agribusiness innovators at the plenary session panel of the “Making the Connection: Value Chains for Transforming Smallholder Agriculture” conference in Addis Ababa on November 8. Go to Source Tags: smallholder, value chain ...

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 Connection: value chains for transforming...

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...

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...

This article summarizes a meeting held by over 100 African crop breeding experts to discuss how to meet smallholder farmers’ need for high performing...