Innovations & Case Studies
Learn how to implement smallholder service delivery innovations with our practical guides and case studies.
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Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS)
This guide contains actionable steps on how to design and implement a Farm Management Information System (FMIS). FMIS can benefit various stakeholders in agricultural value chains, enabling the use of data to make better informed decisions around service delivery and procurement.
Block farming is a model that works by establishing a single contiguous large area of agricultural land and parceling this into numerous smaller plots. In this guide we provide actionable guidance for companies either implementing or looking to implement a block farming model. It is also useful to organizations and donors supporting companies in setting up or strengthening a block farm model.
Commission-based agent networks
This guide contains actionable steps on how to design and implement a Commission-based Agent Network. Our insights on last mile delivery demonstrate how leveraging intermediaries such as agents can reduce costs and help scale a business model.
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Closing Last-Mile Delivery Gaps by Rapidly Building a Commission-Based Agent Network
Agent networks seek to cover the last mile of service delivery, thus bridging gaps between companies and smallholder farmers (SHFs). This innovation is also known as community-based agents, rural promoters, last-mile deliverers, village-based agents, agri-entrepreneurs etc.
A Service Coalition Structure to address Challenges in Kenya’s Aquaculture Value Chain
A service coalition is a strategy that builds or strengthens horizontal coalitions of value chain players (VCPs) that coordinate the delivery of complementary goods and services to farmers. Service coalition provides the benefit of specialized complex service provision while offering farmers a wide range of complementary services.
Integrated End-to-end traceability and AI credit scoring to unlock access to finance
End-to-end traceability and AI credit scoring: Field agents, equipped with fingerprint scanners, smartphone with a pre-installed in-house developed app, and more, create a complete, verifiable and traceable profile of farm(er)s and produce.
Mobile Aggregation Center (MAC): an aggregation and service solution in smallholder agriculture
Mobile Aggregation Centers are a motorcycle-based service and aggregation solution operated by agents. These aggregation and service centers, embedded in the company’s service and sourcing model, are installable in different locations.
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