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Direct-to-Farmer Finance: Innovation Spaces Playbook

Describing innovation opportunities and new ideas to scale the potential of smallholders
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Through a collaborative research, design, and ideation process involving farmers, donors, finance providers, and more, the Initiative for Smallholder Finance has identified five opportunities for direct-to-farmer finance innovation. Each of the innovation spaces below suggests compelling new ways that direct-to-farmer finance providers can build off current experimentation in the sector to better serve smallholder farmers:

  • Infield efficiency;
  • Agronomic learning;
  • Credit assessment;
  • Portfolio diversification;
  • Individual motivation.

This playbook introduces each innovation opportunity, provides a snapshot of current experimentation underway, and suggests concrete examples of new product, service, and strategy ideas.