Limited information on smallholder finance product design is preventing financial service providers from meeting the financing needs of smallholder farmers.
There are over 450 million smallholder farmers globally, supporting an estimated 2 billion people in their households. These households need access to financial services to help increase farm productivity, reduce their vulnerability to unexpected shocks and improve their livelihoods. Yet the current supply of financing available to them, ~$50 billion, represents only a quarter of the estimated total need of this population. Part of the issue is that financial service providers face high resource constraints to develop and deploy financial products that meet the needs of smallholder farmers.
The Smallholder Finance Product Explorer seeks to catalyse product development and innovation through better and more accessible information.
MIX and One Acre Fund have teamed up to improve the quality and availability of operational data that helps drive product development. This tool is a great way for financial service providers to showcase their work to investors - each year investors, funders, and other actors make over 100,000 visits to MIX Market. Additionally, insights from the tool can help organizations develop smallholder products more quickly and easily. And, best of all, it is easy to get involved: Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
For Financial service providers:
Featuring your product is a great way to showcase your work to investors - MIX Market counts over 100,000 visits each year.
Insights from the Product Explorer can help your organization develop smallholder finance products quicker and easier than before.
To get started sharing your profile, send an email to email@example.com.
To learn more, read the overview for FSPs:
This is just beginning. Our goal is to broaden our reach
to capture new and innovative products.
We have launched this beta version of the Smallholder Finance Product Explorer with information on products from nearly 30 financial service providers in 10 countries. We plan to capture product information from additional geographies and financial service providers in the near future. In the meantime, the data and information currently available in the Smallholder Finance Product Explorer provide funders and financial service providers alike with the ability to generate meaningful insights and intelligence for product development and investment.
Overview for FSPs: Learn how and why to feature your product here.
Video: Learn how to create, fill and submit a product profile.
Webinar: Learn how to use the Product Explorer to develop solutions for smallholders.
Taxonomy: This document outlines the process to design and develop this resource.
We want to hear what you think! Send feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org