A framework for analyzing and supporting digital interventions in the agricultural last mile
Digital tools in agriculture have strong potential to generate substantial benefits to agribusinesses in emerging markets, addressing inefficiencies these organizations face when sourcing from smallholder farmers. Digitizing agricultural value chains benefits farmers too by offering a pathway to financial inclusion. This document presents the GSMA Value Chain Assessment Tool (VCAT), a framework for analyzing value chains and supporting digital interventions in agriculture, particularly the digitization of agricultural procurement payments.
The focus of the tool is providing instructions, recommendations and examples to help analyze value chains for poverty reduction. The VCAT is primarily aimed at providers of digital financial services seeking to develop a better rural growth strategy, including mobile operators and other non-MNO mobile money providers. The tool would also be useful for AgTech companies and other digital agriculture implementers working to digitize the last mile.
The GSMA VCAT provides a framework for:
Understanding the systemic factors and conditions under which value chains operate in the last mile.
Identifying value chains and use cases suitable for last mile digital interventions, especially digital payments.
Building a pipeline of agricultural organizations operating in suitable value chains.