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

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, agritechs and financial services providers. Consortia can submit ...

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

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: Grammenphone’s Connected Cow initative in Bangladesh

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

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

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 ...

Post COVID-19 business un-usual in agricultural value chains

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing major disruptions in agricultural supply chains. Country borders are closed, international demand for goods is falling and both local and international logistics have been severely impacted. Some 500 million households globally are dependent ...

Bridging the funding gap in Nigeria’s agritech

Agriculture is a tough business in Africa’s most populous country. In the last 30 years, agricultural productivity has remained stable or declined, highlighting low utilisation of good quality inputs and inadequate adoption of technology. Climate change has exacerbated the ...

Key lessons from digitisating the green bean value chain in Madagascar

Mobile phones are vital to rural development in Madagascar, an island nation with 25.6 million inhabitants where 63 per cent live in rural areas and about 80 per cent of the total workforce are involved in agricultural activities. According to World Bank’s Global Findex ...

Agritech companies enabling farmer credit scoring: A view from Impact Terra

Agriculture is the largest employer in Myanmar and one of the key contributors to the country’s economy (25 per cent share of GDP). However, the sector faces significant challenges that negatively impact productivity and result in lower yields and lower profits for ...

Scaling up agri insurance via mobile

Agricultural insurance can act as a safety net when smallholder farmers experience losses and can enable greater potential for productivity, for instance by allowing farmers to use multiple varieties of seeds. Agricultural insurance services available through mobile also ...

What is the revenue opportunity for mobile money providers in digitising agricultural payments?

Mobile money providers have seen high adoption and usage of mobile money services in predominantly urban areas. Digitising agricultural payments is an opportunity to unlock growth in rural areas and drive financial inclusion amongst smallholder farmers. The GSMA AgriTech ...

Agri e-commerce: Achieving scale through strategic partnerships

During our webinar in October 2019 – Collaborating for success in the agri e-commerce sector – we covered topics ranging from how agri e-commerce is formalising food value chains to considerations and challenges when choosing an agri e-commerce business model. In this final ...

Considerations and challenges of agri e-commerce business models

In October 2019, we hosted the webinar Collaborating for success in the agri e-commerce sector, where we spoke to industry players Tani Hub and Lima Links as well as AgriTech investor GreenTec Capital Partners about setting up agri e-commerce platforms, and what ...

Agri E-commerce: A new approach to formalising food value chains

Smallholder farmers produce and sell nearly 80% of the food consumed worldwide but remain widely excluded both financially and from formal value chains. Facing significant challenges and limits to productivity, some 70% of these farmers operate in informal value chains ...

The weather data gap: How can mobile technology make smallholder farmers climate resilient?

In the new GSMA AgriTech report, Mobile Technology for Climate Resilience: The role of mobile operators in bridging the data gap, we explore how mobile network operators (MNOs) can play a bigger role in developing and delivering services to strengthen the climate resilience ...

How to combine monitoring, evaluation and learning data in commercial product development

What is our MEL framework? In the early phases of service design, the key objective is to identify the myriad of challenges (pain points) that various stakeholders experience, including farmers and other actors in the value chain (field clerks, agribusiness office staff, ...

Building partnerships to achieve digitisation at scale in tea value chains

As part of our activities at Mobile 360 – Africa 2019, the GSMA AgriTech team, together with agriculture-sector stakeholders including mobile operators, AgriTech companies, financial institutions, donors and agribusinesses from eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa ...

Digital agriculture in Kenya: How is it enabling financial inclusion for farmers?

Kenya’s agriculture sector is crucial to the country’s economy and its people’s livelihoods. Agriculture accounts for 31.5 per cent of GDP and employs 38 per cent of the population. Over the last few years, the country has seen the emergence of digital tools that aim to ...

GSMA AgriTech: Digital disruption of the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last ten years, the GSMA AgriTech programme has profiled a range of different digital agricultural solutions that are disrupting agriculture and improving smallholder farming. During our breakfast session at M360 Africa, we plan to take a detailed look at the ...

Digitisation of agricultural value chains: Lessons learnt across Africa and South Asia

From Accra to Colombo, smallholder farmers face many of the same challenges in accessing relevant information and financial services that will help improve their productivity and profitability.