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TAKING INNOVATION TO SCALE: HOW DIGITAL TECH IS UNLOCKING FINANCING AND BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY FOR AFRICA’s SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

Anna Kanze, Grassroots Capital Management Corp PBC


According to CGAP, an estimated 500 million smallholder farming households (representing 2.5 billion people) rely to varying degrees on agricultural production for their livelihoods. However, smallholder agriculture remains an immensely underserved sector. Market failures obstruct access to appropriate, timely and affordable financial services and extension services for smallholders. As a result, smallholder farmers (household with less than 2 hectares of agricultural land) have yields and income far below full potential. Leveraging digital financial services coupled with technical assistance can reduce risks and lower transaction costs, increasing penetration in rural and remote areas. Hear from industry innovators leading the expansion of financial access through digital technology.
Blended Finance; Impact Investing; Africa; women; agriculture; sustainable agriculture; climate; tech; technology; poverty; innovation
Panel
Not Applicable
Amit Brar, Investment Manager, Grassroots Capital Management Corp PBC
Steve Hollingworth, CEO of Grameen Foundation; Whitney Gantt, Global Director of Mobile Agriculture at Grameen Foundation; Lisa Kienzle, Global Director of Financial Services at Grameen Foundation; TBD, Digital Finance at USAID; TBD, Digital Finance at CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor);
www.grassrootscap.com

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2018 Important Dates

  • May 1 - June 15
    Period for submitting ideas.
  • June 16 - 29
    Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 30 - July 13
    Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP18 Content Team.
  • July 16
    Winning sessions announced to session organizers.