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Unlocking agri DFS: new business models addressing the financing gap

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Globally, nearly 500 million households depend on smallholder farming for their livelihoods. However, farmers are often financially excluded with limited access to financial products. Recognising this gap, the GSMA undertook research to investigate the rise of digital ...

Digital Agriculture opportunities in Indonesia: A discussion with PT Koltiva

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This is the fourth blog in a series of blogs introducing the grantees and key partners supported by the GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. Agriculture contributes 13.7% to the Indonesian GDP while providing employment to over 26% of the ...

The Opportunity for Smart Farming in the Middle East and North Africa

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This blog was first published in the March 2021 edition of the “Smart” magazine of the Arab Information & Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) The future demand for food due to increasing incomes and populations will require a significant boost in agricultural ...

AgriTech UX in an Era of Remote Work

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This is the third blog in a series introducing the grantees and key partners supporting The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. This blog was jointly written with our global UX and product design partners, Dela Kumahor and Yann le Beux (YUX ...

Promoting inclusive digital agriculture: GSMA’s new self-assessment tool

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Digital agriculture solutions have the potential to provide farmers with improved access to markets, information and farm equipment. However, many farmers, including those with disabilities, still face barriers to accessing these benefits. Agritech companies and other ...

COVID-19: How is digital agriculture helping farmers?

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From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 to February 2021, the GSMA AgriTech programme spoke to 40+ organisations, from farmer organisations to agritech companies, agribusinesses and mobile operators to understand how digital agriculture is helping farmers with their ...

Digital technologies for smallholder climate resilience

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Life on the 475m smallholder farms across low and middle income countries has always been challenging. With little access to improved inputs, formal markets or finance, smallholder agriculture yields fall far short of their potential. This affects individual livelihoods and ...

Balancing tradition and digitisation in the tea sector in Sri Lanka

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This is the second blog in a series introducing the grantees and key partners supporting The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. “I’ve heard of mobile money, but I’m not really sure what use it is to me…” An ...

Driving inclusion of farmers with disabilities through digital agriculture

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Around 70 per cent of world’s population relies upon food produced by smallholder farmers[1]. However, many farmers experience poor access to services, markets and assets that impact their livelihoods and leaves them vulnerable to external events like climate change. Digital ...

Introduction to the Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains

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This is the first blog in a series introducing the grantees and key partners supporting The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains.  In 2019, the GSMA AgriTech programme launched The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value ...

Extending digital innovation to smallholders in Latin America

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, digital agriculture solutions, from mobile-based agri advisory to digital financial services and agri e-commerce platforms, have the potential to transform current food systems by making them more productive, cost efficient, transparent ...

Digital solutions for pastoralists during COVID-19

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The livestock sector offers substantial opportunities to smallholder farmers for livelihood improvements, poverty reduction and improved food security and nutrition. It is currently estimated that livestock farming contributes to the livelihoods of almost 1.3 billion people ...

Improving farmers’ access to credit: A new GSMA partnership in Papua New Guinea

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In September 2020, with support from the Australian Government (DFAT), the GSMA launched a joint Call To Action (JCTA) aimed at agribusinesses, agritech companies and financial services providers (FSPs) in Papua New Guinea to identify a consortium that will work towards ...

Introducing Digital Agriculture Maps, a 2020 state of the sector report

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The GSMA AgriTech team has launched Digital Agriculture Maps (DAMs), the new state of the sector report on digital agriculture in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). DAMs has been produced in collaboration with IDH Farmfit in response to the growing need for industry ...

COVID-19’s impact on agritech investment in Nigeria: An interview with Acumen

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A number of agritech start-ups in Nigeria have transitioned into proper companies, yet the majority struggle to scale. Our recent report AgriTech in Nigeria: Investment opportunities and challenges shows that low awareness of, funding opportunities and limited access to ...

Joint Call to Action for Improving Access to Credit for Farmers in Papua New Guinea Launched

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To stimulate the development of economic identities and financial services for smallholder farmers in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the GSMA is opening a Joint Call to Action (JCTA) to consortia of agribusinesses, agritech companies and financial services providers. A consortium ...

The rise of agri e-commerce during COVID-19: Opportunities for smallholder impact

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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to a digital future globally. Companies have had to adapt quickly, implementing solutions to adjust to “the new normal”. Many businesses around the world are investing in digital tools to respond to the challenges and ...

Smart farming as a strategic opportunity for MNOs: Grameenphone’s Connected Cow initiative in Bangladesh

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This blog was co-authored by Matthew Strickland, GSMA and Imtiaz Mahboob, Grameenphone Bangladesh. The adoption of dairy cow crossbreeds in Bangladesh has generally increased national milk production, although this is still insufficient to meet demand. National milk demand ...

Local partnerships to drive affordable smart farming with Dialog Sri Lanka

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This blog was co-authored by Ahmed Javed, GSMA and Damitha Gunawardena, Dialog Sri Lanka. Digitally-enabled agricultural automation solutions, often referred to as “smart farming” tools, are still nascent in most emerging markets. Sri Lanka is no exception, though, Dialog ...

Growing agri insurance: ACRE Africa’s experience of innovative partnerships

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Globally, less than 20 per cent of smallholder farmers have crop insurance. Low awareness of insurance, the high cost of premiums, farm-level loss assessments and long claim settlement processes have restricted farmer uptake of indemnity-based insurance services. Index ...