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Donor Impact Report - SSBVC

Tagged in Access, Business, BusinessPerformance, Development, Economics, Finance, IncomeGrowth, Markets, NewSkills, Tanzania, ValueChain

Donor Impact Report - SSBVC
Tanzania is experiencing steady economic growth, but many small business entrepreneurs are not well positioned to benefit. The obstacles they face include lack of business management training, limited access to production technology, access to financing, and limited market access and awareness. MEDA’s Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) is a six-year project working to strengthen value chains in specific sectors of Tanzania. Using a “lead firm” approach, MEDA equips businesses to develop their supply chains while engaging, training, and nurturing small entrepreneurs and supplying them with consistent, high quality crops.

INNOVATE Learning Paper Starting Small Pathways to Customer Centricity

Tagged in Agriculture, Finance, INNOVATE

INNOVATE Learning Paper Starting Small Pathways to Customer Centricity

Summary

The following learning paper on customer centricity is the first in a suite of documents from the INNOVATE learning series. This paper provides techniques and insights on improving customer centricity for financial institutions, agricultural companies, and implementers focused on:

  • Smallholder farmer behavior,
  • Financial services delivery for smallholder farmers,
  • Customer segmentation,
  • Testing and promoting innovation processes and mindsets,
  • Applying a customer-centric lens, and
  • Stimulating the adoption of agricultural innovations.

Technical Assistance to Financial Service Providers - GROW

Tagged in Finance, Ghana, GROW

Technical Assistance to Financial Service Providers - GROW
Over seven years of implementation, the GROW project has learned a great deal about women’s economic empowerment and food security in northern Ghana. The project team is happy to share our lessons learned in the GROW Learning Series, a set of documents we are releasing in 2018. Topics include women’s economic empowerment, nutrition and food security, financial inclusion, women and technology and conservation agriculture.

Within this Learning Series, the GROW team is producing three short briefs on the project’s financial services work, focusing on our crop insurance pilot, Village Savings and Loan groups and the targeted technical assistance provided to our financial services partners. This paper highlights GROW's intervention regarding technical assistance to the project's financial service partners.

Piloting Crop Insurance with Women Farmers

Tagged in Finance, Ghana, GROW

Piloting Crop Insurance with Women Farmers
Over seven years of implementation, the GROW project has learned a great deal about women’s economic empowerment and food security in northern Ghana. The project team is happy to share our lessons learned in the GROW Learning Series, a set of documents we are releasing in 2018. Topics include women’s economic empowerment, nutrition and food security, financial inclusion, women and technology and conservation agriculture.

Within this Learning Series, the GROW team is producing three short briefs on the project’s financial services work, focusing on our crop insurance pilot, Village Savings and Loan groups and the targeted technical assistance provided to our financial services partners. This paper highlights GROW's experience piloting crop insurance for female farmers.