One Acre provides loans for inputs and training for farmers. They operate in Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda. One Acre Fund began piloting mobile repayment with about 1,000 farmers in one district in mid-2013 (roughly 1.5 percent of Kenya clients at the time). In the initial trial, group leaders collected loan repayment from individual farmers, and […]
M-Farm provides up-to-date market information, links farmers to buyers through their marketplace and current agri-trends. M-Farm’s main product is a transparency tool for Kenyan farmers where they simply SMS the number 20255 (Safaricom Users) to get information pertaining to the retail price of their products, buy their farm inputs directly from manufacturers at favorable prices, […]
SokoText is a smart solution with a big idea: To make food affordable for everyone. They use the power of mobile phone text messaging to aggregate demand for food and unlock wholesale prices for small entrepreneurs in urban slums.
The Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA) is a public-private partnership that seeks to promote commercially sustainable mobile agriculture solutions and increase productivity and revenues for 500,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The program also aims to increase revenues for agribusinesses and agricultural value chain service providers. The CFA initiative has developed business-to-business mobile applications […]
This report seeks to depict the Kenyan education environment from the point of view of the household, with specific emphasis on rural smallholder farming households. It seeks to determine how much Kenyan families actually spend on education, whether in private or public school systems, what percentage of income is spent on education as a proportion […]
The aim of this review is to assess the impact that FSD and partners have had in catalysing the creation of a commercially viable market for Index Based Weather Insurance (IBWI) in Kenya. The review also makes recommendations about how such a market might be achieved through the existing pilots.
In May 2012, FSD Kenya commissioned Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) to conduct a review of its index based weather insurance project. The aim of the review was to assess the impact of the project on market development and evaluate the potential for creating a well-functioning and sustainable market for index insurance. The review reveals that […]
FinAccess data shows that in 2009 only 7% of Kenyan adults used any insurance product, up only modestly from 6% in 2006. The use of conventional agricultural insurance products, like other types of insurance, is very limited in Kenya. Index-based weather insurance (IBWI) offers a powerful new way to tackle the risks associated with rain-fed […]