Browsing All posts tagged under »agriculture«

Governments Can Do More to Unlock Innovation and Support Market Growth in the Agriculture Sector

May 20, 2015

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Originally published in The Aspen Journal of Ideas, and co-authored with Jennifer Ragland: Imagine a vibrant market in a village in Sub-Saharan Africa, filled with vendors selling lush tomatoes, hearty ears of corn, ripe mangos, and a myriad of other fruits, vegetables, and grains. Where did all that food come from? Where did the farmers […]

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 […]

What to Read on Agriculture Microfinance

June 23, 2014

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Originally published by the Financial Access Initiative at NYU, and co-authored with Mike Warmington, microfinance partnerships manager at One Acre Fund: The majority of the world’s poor share one profession: farming. Most of these farmers cultivate less than 10 acres of land, far away from paved roads and with limited access to the improved seed and […]

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, […]

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 […]

Is Feed the Future delivering results? Yes – with some limitations.

July 10, 2013

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Originally published on the ONE blog, and co-authored with David Hong, agriculture policy manager at the ONE Campaign: After participating in a Feed the Future loan program, Robai Nyongesa drastically increased her maize yield and is selling the surplus to improve the house she lives in with her three children. Photo credit: Feed the Future […]