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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 ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 ...