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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.

Investing in AgriTech to drive smallholder financial inclusion, livelihoods and climate resilience

Since the GSMA mAgri Programme started 10 years ago in 2009, not only has our team of experts grown, but also the complexity and range of our supported projects has broadened. Over the last decade, we have generated countless insights and resources from across many ...

Agri value chain digitisation: What is the opportunity for agribusinesses? Ghana Field Focus Week lessons, part two

At our Field Focus Week 2019, the GSMA team together with 25 practitioners, including 11 MNOs, embarked on a trip to rural Ghana to learn about new tools that are digitising the processes involved in collecting farmer and farm data, procuring crops and enabling payments to ...

Presenting GSMA’s latest tool for value chain analysis in agriculture

In the past year, the GSMA has supported six mobile money providers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to design and develop holistic digital solutions centred round the digitisation of agricultural payments that an agribusiness makes to farmers for the procurement of ...

Learning first-hand how farmers experience last mile digitisation: Ghana Field Focus Week lessons, part one

The month of January at GSMA is the time when we embark on the immersive learning journey that we call Field Focus Week. Together with our MNO members and agricultural sector stakeholders – agribusinesses, AgTech and financial providers – we travel into rural regions ...

Looking back at last mile digitisation in the dairy value chain with Jazz Pakistan

Livestock is a central component of Pakistan’s agriculture sector, contributing 11.1% to GDP with direct involvement of over 8 million rural households. The country produced over 57 million tonnes of milk during the last financial year. The GSMA Agri programme seeks to ...

Reinventing rural financial inclusion in Latin America: Highlights from Foromic  

At GSMA mAgri, we have been looking for some time at the evolution of ICT in agriculture in Latin America and in particular at the role of mobile technology to support financial inclusion of smallholder farmers. Recently we were in Barranquilla, Colombia at Foromic, the ...

The role of digital in improving traceability and certification in the agricultural last mile

The demand for traceable and certified agricultural products is on the rise in global markets as international consumers demand more transparency and accountability in supply chains.

Improving Farmer Livelihoods: UK aid-funded agricultural content becomes publicly available

Our agricultural content is now publicly available to any organisation interested in improving the quality of their mobile-based information services targeting the rural segment and contributing to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger.

Financial Inclusion Week 2018 Twitter Chat: The power of mobile money in reaching the underserved

This blog was co-authored by Mariana Lopez and Abbie Phatty-Jobe. We were honoured to join governments, the private sector and development organisations in welcoming Financial Inclusion Week 2018 and exploring this year’s theme of ‘getting inclusion right’. Each year, ...

Supporting the digitisation of the agricultural last mile with liquid mobile money distribution networks

At GSMA mAgri, we are working with mobile operators to realise the opportunity to digitise agricultural value chains. The use of mobile phones in the so-called agricultural last mile – the final link in agricultural value chains between the buyers of crops and the ...

Key learnings from Tigo’s initiative to digitise Rwanda’s tea value chain

As part of our activities at Mobile – 360 Africa this year, Tigo Rwanda and Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) co-hosted the mAgri team, our guests and the GSMA’s Chief Regulatory Officer John Giusti, on a field trip to visit a tea value chain digitisation deployment in ...

A value chain approach to boost farmer access to finance: Learnings from GSMA Mobile 360 Africa

Driving around the city, my eyes gleamed at what they could see, engulfed by beautiful hills at every turn – Rwanda truly lives up to its nickname – the land of a thousand hills. The country has made huge strides in the last 24 years, I watched as people tapped their cards ...

Digitising agricultural value chains in Sri Lanka using Human Centred Design

Since June 2017, the GSMA mAgri programme has been working with the Digital services team at Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog) in Sri Lanka to explore opportunities for developing a business-to-business (B2B) service for last mile digitisation in agriculture.  Sri Lanka has a large ...

Supporting our members to rethink agricultural digitisation: Key takeaways from the mAgri Field Focus Session

The GSMA mAgri team started 2018 with the ambitious mission of hosting our first Field Focus Session dedicated to digitising agricultural value chains. The weeklong event took place in Uganda where we brought together 10 mobile operators from across Africa and South Asia and ...

Key stakeholders are coming together to digitise the last mile of agricultural value chains in Ghana

As part of a series of three country-focused reports that highlight pathways to digitising the last mile of agricultural value chains, we previously shared findings from Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire. In this blog, drawing on findings from our third report, we take a closer look ...

To become more climate resilient developing nations need to deploy mobile tools

Climate change has made weather patterns harder to predict and extreme events such as droughts and floods have become more frequent and severe. Developing countries feel the sharpest effects of climate change. In 2017, the droughts that affected East Africa, Yemen and ...