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Transformational projects creating impact in the lives of smallholder farmers

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AGRA FISFAP - Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers in Africa Project

The Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers in Africa Project (FISFAP) is a joint collaboration between AgroCenta and Pan African Savings & Loans with backing from the Africa Green Revolution Alliance (AGRA). Under FISFAP, smallholder farmers in the Afram Plains farming communities accessed agricultural loans for input financing. AgroCenta’s core access to finance platform, Lendit, provided the opportunity to build reliable financial data on smallholder farmers for financial institution such as PASL to leverage on, and on-lend directly to farmers through digital channels such as mobile money and their QUICK platform

Completed (100%)

From Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 31, 2021

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ICIPE - Scaling AgroCenta’s AgroCenta Platform And Adoption for Effective Market Linkage in Ghana (SAPA)

The SAPA Project in partnership with Farrelly & Mitchel, an agribusiness consulting company will drive the adoption and growth of AgroCenta’s digital platforms for more than 20,000 smallholder farmers in the 5 Northern Regions of Ghana. Under the SAPA Project, access to market, information and digital financial services will be available to project beneficiaries within targeted areas of operations. The SAPA project will increase the income of smallholder farmers from a daily spend of less than USD $1/day to USD $4/day by enabling fair market access. Additionally, yield improvement for smallholder farmers is expected to increase from the current 0.8MT/acre to 1.4MT/acre through access to timely and relevant agricultural information, access to financing to purchase certified agricultural inputs etc.

Ongoing (37%)

From Mar 1, 2022 to Mar 31, 2024

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SELEVER II - Scaling AgroCenta’s AgroCenta Platform And Adoption for Effective Market Linkage in Burkina Faso

Poultry keeping is an important activity for many sub-Saharan African countries in terms of the proportion of the population involved, value of income generated, and dietary contribution. In Burkina Faso, poultry raised on family farms using traditional methods is estimated to constitute 70% of production. However, access to market and financial services remain a key challenge for poultry producers especially women. AgroCenta in partnership with Tanager international for the SELEVER II Project will enable access to market and financial services for more than 20,000 poultry farmers.

Ongoing (85%)

From Jan 1, 2022 to Feb 4, 2023

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GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Fund Project

The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Fund in 2018, funded AgroCenta to build, test and deploy its digital financial services platform (Lendit) to boost the service offerings AgroCenta deploys to rural smallholder farmers. The GSMA project also established key partnerships with MTN Ghana and Vodafone Ghana to leverage on their mobile money API technology to enable bulk payments and P2P transactions among the rural smallholder farmers in Ghana.

Completed (100%)

From Jan, 2018 to Mar, 2019

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SBEP - Shea Business Empowerment Program

The SBEP will work with shea collectors to co-design a journey that will transform them from ad hoc, informal operators, into well-structured small businesses. This will be achieved by empowering cooperatives with entrepreneurship skills to facilitate access to capital and markets. Strengthening cooperatives will increase the volume and reliability of income for women in the shea value chain. Instead of a disempowered woman who picks shea infrequently and at low margins, the program will develop strong empowered collectives who profitably collect shea as a full-time business activity. The move from low margin, ad hoc shea picking to higher margin organized cooperatives will unlock significant earning potential for women in the sector. The SBEP will also work to support SMEs linked to the shea sector to access capital for growth. The programmatic pillars of the SBEP can be summarized as follows:

Ongoing (25%)

From Mar, 2022 to Mar, 2025

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