Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on farmers- Kenya report (round 3)
The report uncovers the findings of the third round of a dipstick research funded jointly by MSC and SCBF. It shares a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, even after the markets reopened and restrictions on movement were eased. The report further provides recommendations for the government, policymakers, and other private agencies to revive the agriculture sector.
Agtechs and financial institutions: Financing farmers in India
This blog, the third and final piece in this series, focuses on partnerships between AgTechs and financial institutions to improve access to finance for farmers. It also offers recommendations to improve the AgTech ecosystem in India.
Why do financial institutions shy away from financing farmers in India?
This blog, the first in a three-part series, highlights the skewed penetration of formal financing for farmers in India. It also examines the challenges that financial institutions face while offering credit to small and marginal farmers in the country.
The role of tech-enabled formal financing in agriculture in India
India is home to 146 million farmers, 86% of which are small and marginal farmers. Although agriculture is a key economic activity in India and employs almost 55% of the population, access to finance remains a challenge for most farmers, especially the small and marginal ones.
Youth in agriculture: how to engage and retain youth in agricultural activities
This blog focuses on how we can engage and retain youth in agricultural activities. Its also walks us through how MSC helps its clients to tailor its services through vocational training, technological innovation and skills & entrepreneurship development to create opportunities for youth.
Indian experiences of application of agricultural value chain finance
The paper examines the current state of value chain development in India, the policies that are in place and the institutional framework that supports the value chains in agriculture. The facilitating processes adopted in India for strengthening agricultural value chains have been analyzed and their efficacy has been critiqued.