The Initiative for Smallholder Finance's research builds on a 2012 report on Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance where we sized the overall demand for smallholder financing, characterized current supply, and identified pathways for growth of the industry.
In follow-up to the 2012 seminal publication, in partnership with the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, we published our latest landmark report, Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance.
Inflection Point suggests that while current efforts to expand financial inclusion are not sufficient to meet smallholder demand, concerted efforts around customer centricity, progressive partnerships, and smart subsidy have the potential to change the sector’s growth trajectory to best serve the world’s smallholder farmers.
Briefing 14: Financial inclusion fit to size: Customizing digital credit for smallholders in Tanzania | This briefing note explores the causes of low uptake in digital credit for smallholders to better understand how we can develop concrete product solutions to jump-start adoption of digital credit products by them.
Briefing 13: The Climate Conundrum: Financing smallholder productivity and resilience in the age of climate change | This briefing note explores the latest practices from the climate finance community and the agricultural finance community to understand how new combined models can boost returns and attract new investors.
Briefing 12: Unlocking Local Currency Lending: Foreign Exchange Risk in Agricultural Finance | This briefing note details how philanthropic investment can play an influential role in mitigating foreign exchange risk.
Briefing 11: How Big Data and Data Science Are Changing Smallholder Finance | This briefing note explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.
Briefing 10: Value Chain Financing: How Agro-Enterprises Can Serve as Alternate Aggregation Points | This briefing note explores three channels through which value chain financing models can be delivered and identifies how these models can group “enablers” to best serve smallholders.
Briefing 09: Case Study: The Return on Investment from Technoserve's Coffee Initiative | As a case study of a TechnoServe project aiming to increase incomes of smallholder coffee farmers in East Africa, this briefing note focuses in particular on the value of technical assistance to increase access to finance, crowd-in the private sector, achieve scale, and generate value for an industry.
Briefing 08: Rethinking Technical Assistance to Unlock Smallholder Financing | This briefing note discusses how agricultural technical assistance in the developing world maps to addressing various specific financing constraints for smallholder farmers.
Briefing 07: Technical Assistance for Smallholder Farmers: An Anatomy of the Market | This briefing note categorizes and characterizes the different kinds of agricultural technical assistance in operation in developing countries around the world.
Briefing 06: Lending a Hand: How Direct-to-Farmer Finance Providers Reach Smallholder | This briefing note features an overview of how 150+ finance providers currently offer direct-to-farmer finance, using a range of approaches to address core challenges associated with lending directly to these smallholders.
Briefing 05: Investor and Funder Guide to the Agricultural Social Lending Sector | Drawing on a groundbreaking aggregate analysis of leading social lenders’ lending portfolios and metrics, this briefing note examines current lending practices among social lenders, considers the future trajectory of the sector, and highlights opportunities for investors and funders to support the sector’s future growth.
Briefing 04: The Role of Government in Developing Agricultural Finance | This briefing note reflects on the role of capital markets within the context of historical agricultural sector development by considering the role of government policy in enhancing rather than replacing credit provided by private actors.
Briefing 03: Smallholder Impact and Risk Metrics: A Labyrinth of Opportunity | This briefing note takes stock of the existing landscape of smallholder impact and risk measurement and devises tools and suggestions to align these efforts for greater future impact.
Briefing 02: A Roadmap for Growth – Positioning Local Banks for Success in Smallholder Finance | This briefing note explores what is required for a healthy, competitive smallholder banking sector, and identifies investment opportunities for public and commercial funders seeking to support smallholders.
Briefing 01: Local Bank Financing for Smallholder Famers – A $9 Billion Drop in the Ocean | This briefing note provides an overview of the market size and scope of local bank lending to smallholder farmers.
Direct-to-Farmer Finance Innovation Spaces Playbook | An interactive playbook from ISF discusses how innovation can help direct-to-farmer finance providers better serve farmers by addressing the challenges associated with direct-to-farmer lending.
Infographic: How Much is Being Done for the World's 450 Million Smallholder Farmers | earn more about technical assistance for smallholder farmers — and what can be done to make it more effective — in this infographic.
Webinar Recording: Five New Technologies to Simplify Data Collection in Smallholder Finance | A number of new technologies have emerged to help investors with data collection, which is an integral factor in assessing risk and understanding how to provide for smallholder agricultural markets.
Webinar Recording: Local Bank Financing for Smallholder Farmers | An overview of the market size and scope of local bank lending to smallholder farmers, along with an exploration of what is required for a healthy, competitive smallholder banking sector.
Resource Hub: Impact and Risk Metrics in Smallholder Finance | Various tools to make sense of the current landscape of smallholder finance impact and risk metrics, which is crowded with multiple units of analysis, target users, and objectives.