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MEDA INNOVATE

Adoption of Agricultural Innovations through Non-Traditional Financial Services


INNOVATE – Adoption of Agricultural Innovations through Non-Traditional Financial Services, is a three-year initiative implemented by MEDA and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). With a portfolio of 10 projects, MEDA is assessing the potential of non-traditional finance to enable large scale adoption of agricultural innovations among women and men smallholder farmers in South Asia, South America and East Africa.

The INNOVATE learning series features a series of publications, learning events, and final conference based on core themes emerging from the portfolio, including customer centricity; smallholder household norms​; smallholder products and services; and policy and ecosystems change​.

The learning series is tailored for policymakers, donors and practitioners supporting smallholder farmers and agricultural finance initiatives with the goal of providing actionable research and insight for policymaking and program design.

Latest Works

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MEDA INNOVATE Learning Paper - Experiences in Gender-Sensitive Solutions to Collateral Constraints
Experiences in Gender-Sensitive Solutions to Collateral Constraints

Author: Allison Nafziger, MEDA

Learning Paper: NCC can serve as effective security for loans and facilitate greater access to finance for women and smallholder farmers. NCC, together with an effective registry system and appropriate regulatory frameworks, can reduce risk for lenders while addressing the triple exclusionary bias against agriculture, smallholders with uncertain markets, and women who often lack traditional forms of collateral.

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Partner Publication - Pakistan Microfinance Network - Warehouse Receipt Financing - Tackling the Financial Needs of Smallholder Farmers in Pakistan
Warehouse Receipt Financing: Tackling the Financial Needs of Smallholder Farmers in Pakistan

Author: Pakistan Microfinance Network

Partner Publication: MEDA INNOVATE supported Pakistan Microfinance Network, an association of retail microfinance providers, to conduct case study research on the potential of Warehouse Receipt Financing for Smallholder Farmers in Pakistan and provide key information on current landscape in this regard. The study focuses on four non-perishable crops: wheat, maize, cotton and rice.

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MEDA Publication - A Customer Centric Lens for Adaptive Good Agricultural Practices - GAP
A Customer Centric Lens for Good Agricultural Practices

Author: Nick Ramsing, MEDA

Learning Paper: Why industry actors need to broaden Good Agricultural Practices’ (GAP) agronomic perspective to include a business orientation centered on specific markets, and adopt a customer centric perspective that treats smallholder farmer segments differently.

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Learning Series

The core learning themes for INNOVATE emerged from the portfolio projects and industry insights and trends, to address the following questions:

Customer Centricity

How does customer centricity enable firms/organizations design and offer products and services that meet smallholder customer needs and demand?

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Smallholder Household Norms

How do smallholder households prioritize business decisions, purchases and investments for upcoming crop cycles alongside competing household needs?

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Smallholder Products & Services

What are the key features and terms of financial products/services smallholder segments require to adopt new innovations or technologies?

What are the key features of new innovations/technologies smallholders require (or prefer) to try and buy?

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Policy and Ecosystems Change

What are the policy implications to enable firms/organizations and governments to better serve and align products (extension, finance and technologies) to meet smallholders needs?

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