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Bridging the Microfinance Gap for Smallholder Farmers

December 16, 2014

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Originally published in the FT’s This is Africa: Microfinance is widely known for the incredible speed with which it has scaled to reach hundreds of millions of people, and the positive effect it has had in reducing poverty. However, what many people do not know is that most of these microfinance institutions are located in […]

Can Mobile Money Extend Financial Services to Smallholder Farmers

June 26, 2014

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Originally published on CGAP Blog: Kenya is widely acknowledged to be a global leader in mobile money. Over two-thirds of its adult population uses M-PESA, the mobile money system launched in 2007 by Safaricom. But even in Kenya, many are not using M-PESA. I know many smallholder farmers who are part of this group. They […]

It’s Not Just Money That is Needed – Using a Bundled Approach to Increase Productivity in the AU’s Year of Agriculture

January 29, 2014

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Originally published on the Brookings Africa in Focus blog, and co-authored with Laurence Dare, East Africa policy manager at One Acre Fund: The majority of people in Africa are engaged in the same profession: farming. Most of these individuals are small-holder farmers with fewer than 5 acres of land and little access to seed, fertilizer, […]

Can GAVI’s new partnership model crack ‘mhealth pilotitis’ while opening new markets for Vodafone?

August 21, 2013

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Originally published on Devex Impact:   To improve vaccination rates, the GAVI Alliance is tackling supply chain bottlenecks through an innovative partnership with Vodafone in Mozambique. Photo: VillageReach.   In the 13 years since it was founded to jumpstart stagnating global vaccination rates, the GAVI Alliance has achieved some remarkable results. Three hundred and seventy million […]

What the Global Food Security Act of 2013 can do for agriculture development

August 8, 2013

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Originally published on the ONE blog, and co-authored with David Hong, agriculture policy manager at the ONE Campaign: Smallholder farmers are the largest population of poor people in the world. If we want to tackle global poverty, we have to address agriculture. The US government has prioritized agriculture development in Feed the Future, its $3.5 billion global hunger […]

Adopting A Scalable Operating Model Tailored to African Smallholders

May 31, 2013

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Originally published in Ag4Impact’s 8 Views for the G8 report, and co-authored with Andrew Youn, executive director of One Acre Fund: Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the world’s six major crop regions, and it is the only one that has the potential for significant yield improvements. Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa use 15 times less fertilizer […]

A Regional Lesson as U.S. Extends a Hand to Africa’s Farmers

December 4, 2012

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Originally published in The National: When Barack Obama was running for US president in 2008, you could find Obama-chewing gum in Kenya, Obama fabric in Benin and a hit radio song about Mr Obama in Ghana. To say that Africans were enthusiastic about a possible president with Kenyan ties would be a serious understatement. Now, […]