Improved access to information about smallholder farmers will help close the gap between supply of and demand for smallholder agricultural finance, which is over $400 billion. One reason this gap persists is that investors lack sufficient data about the benefits and risks of directing their funds to smallholder agricultural finance. Without this information, investors have little evidence about and therefore little understanding of how to provide smallholder agricultural markets with the finance they need.
But data collection isn't easy. A number of new technologies have emerged to help investors with data collection, and the Initiative for Smallholder Finance has recently released an interactive map of smallholder impact and risk assessment tools to help find them.
In this webinar, the Initiative for Smallholder Finance joins the creators of five new technologies that are taking the pain out of smallholder data collection:
• Acopio (presented by Fair Trade USA)
• Scope Insight
• Taro Works (presented by Grameen Foundation)
The webinar is moderated by CJ Fonzi, lead author of "Smallholder Impact and Risk Metrics: A Labyrinth of Opportunity," and Tom Carroll, the Director of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance.