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Adoption of Agricultural Innovations through Non-Traditional Financial Services


MEDA INNOVATE's portfolio of 10 innovative projects assessing the potential of non-traditional finance to stimulate agricultural innovation adoption among smallholder farmers span across South America, South Asia and East Africa. Learn more about INNOVATE's projects and implementing partners.

Awarded Projects

Bangladesh Partner - CARE Bangladesh
Engagement of Financial Institutions for Farmers
CARE Bangladesh and Krishi Utsho seek to use a non-traditional financing mechanism to increase the capacity of last mile farmers and women who are often excluded from formal market systems. The mechanism will improve and sustain farm productivity of smallholders while protecting their productive assets (i.e. livestock) through access to timely credit, savings and insurance.

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Bolivia Partner - CIDRE IFD
Non-Conventional Collateral to Leverage Innovation Capital for Smallholder Farmers in Bolivia
CIDRE in partnership with BDP will pilot an innovative scheme for the registration and management of non-conventional collateral and develop a nation-wide registration system. If successful, this project will enable over $500 million in new capital lending operations become available through new financial services for smallholder farmers in Bolivia.

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Kenya Partner - Bidhaa Sasa
Lessons Learned from Marketing and Selling Household Goods on Credit Through a Tupperware-Style Distribution Model Centred on Women Groups’ Leaders in Rural Kenya
Bidhaa Sasa will test whether its distribution and finance model works for the adoption of agricultural tools and goods, amongst rural women farmers. If successful, this project will assist Bidhaa Sasa to expand its current agricultural offering from canvases to dry grain to other goods such as water pumps, storage bags, wheelbarrows, chicken incubators.

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Kenya Partner - COIN22 and Dodore Kenya Ltd.
Innovation-Wallet Learning Project
COIN22, Dodore, and University of Nairobi will test if smallholder farmers in Kenya are interested to open a mobile Innovation-wallet account to save funds and borrow funds specifically restricted and earmarked for the purchase of innovation that will help them increase their agriculture production and income.

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Malawi Partner - Agronomy Technology Limited
A Case Study of the Chithumba Model, a Non-traditional Finance Mechanism to Improve Access to Farm Inputs
Agronomy Technology Limited will field test an existing contract-based farming model called “Chithumba” based on: access to quality inputs (seeds and inoculant), access to quality extension services, and access to fair markets. The case study will capture lessons from past and current seasons to further analyze and understand how to maximize the impacts of the model.

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Nepal Partner - iDE Nepal
Community Managed Access to Finance
iDE Nepal in partnership with Muktinath Bank will pilot a new model of finance to reach rural farmers by utilizing an extensive network of community aggregation centres, technical support, and product sales agents who will manage and distribute agricultural loans. In order to appropriately support uptake and security of agricultural loans, this initiative will be partnered with a pilot crop insurance program to protect the farmer’s investments and finance.

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Pakistan Partner - Pakistan Microfinance Network
Warehouse Receipt Financing: Tackling the Financial Needs of Small holder Farmers
Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) will study a Warehouse Receipt Financing pilot introduced by the State Bank of Pakistan to address credit issues in agriculture with medium and large farmers. PMN will identify opportunities and challenges to implement the WRF model for women and men smallholder farmers in Pakistan.

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Peru Partner - Global Canopy
Green Agricultural Credit in Peru: Early Stage Lessons
Global Canopy seeks to build capacity and understanding of financial institutions that provide rural credit to smallholders on viable conditions of finance to incentivize the uptake of credit by smallholders for sustainable agriculture. The case study will enable financial institutions to design green credit products that are appropriate and attractive to smallholders.

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Peru Partner - I-DEV International
Mobile Money and PAYG Innovation to Scale AgTech Adoption in Smallholder Value Chains
I-DEV International will execute the project in alliance with the Cooperative of Tara Producers of the North (APT-N) and Peru Digital Payments (PDP) to pilot the proposed solution: to leverage mobile money and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) to scale the adoption of affordable precision irrigation technologies among smallholder tara farmers.

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Rwanda Partner - World Relief
Agriculture for Life: Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and Adoption of Improved Agricultural Innovations
World Relief will develop a case study to investigate the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) model and linkage to adoption of improved agriculture inputs and agricultural innovation by smallholder farmers (mostly women) engaged in nutrition-sensitive Farmer Field Schools.

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