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Issue 001 - Gender Insights; e-Commerce

Welcome to the first issue of AgriFin Update! 

The AgriFin Update is Mercy Corps AgriFin’s periodic link highlighting our recent learnings, insights, publications and other activities, including links to our favourite resources from other actors in digitally-enabled services for smallholder farmers. For more information, please visit our website ( or join us on Twitter.

Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate Highlights:

Super Platforms: Connecting Farmers to Markets in Africa:
We discuss how super platforms are pushing the boundaries of financial inclusion around the world, not only connecting merchants to buyers but also connecting farmers to markets in Africa– potentially increasing farmers’ incomes by 50 percent or more.
Women’s Financial Inclusion (WIN):
Follow the link above to read the project details and below to learn more about AFA’s key insights from the WIN program in our four-part blog series “Increasing Women’s Financial Inclusion”:
  1. Part 1 Describes the financial exclusion context for women smallholder farmers in Zambia.
  2. Part 2 Investigates their seasonal cycle of incomes and expenditures.
  3. Part 3 Reveals who influences women smallholder farmers financial decisions and service uptake.
  4. Part 4 Considers the heterogeneity among women smallholders in their financial strategies and management.

Promoting Digital Engagement of Women Farmers:
Check out our recently published Infographic highlighting 6 learnings from AFA Interventions in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia on key considerations when targeting Digital Financial and Information Services to Women Farmers in order to efficiently increase their Productivity.

Our Reading List:

Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook:
Publication by IFC and the MasterCard Foundation which includes a case study on DigiFarm, AFA’s flagship project.
The State of the Zambian Digital Financial Services Market report:
Recently published by UNCDF MM4P gives up to date information on the state of digital finance in Zambia as well as some of the key successes and challenges encountered in moving the market forward in 2017.
MasterCard Foundation’s Gender and Youths Livelihoods Programming in Africa:
This report explores the gender-related barriers faced by young women and men along with the impact of programs that employ gender responsive approaches to overcome these barriers
Gender, livelihood capabilities and women’s economic empowerment
GA:GE programme’s review of the evaluation literature on policies and programs designed to promote women’s livelihood capabilities and highlights lessons for the women’s economic empowerment agenda.

Remember to Save the Date for the Next ALE!

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