There are reportedly 570 million farms in the world of which more than 500 million are family farms. Among these farms, an estimated 475 million are small farms, less than 2 hectares in area, cultivated by smallholder farmers. About 3 billion rural people live in these farms, working on their plots to supply food to a substantial proportion of the world’s population while also producing food for household consumption.
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Cocoa is now called as the “gold” of Ivory Coast as it holds the prestigious position of the most coveted raw material that the country produces. However, at the local level, the country deals with various issues such as cocoa tree diseases; massive deforestation; child labor in cocoa plantations; and not much improvement in income for farmers and their families.
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Le cacao est désormais appelé l’or de la Côte d’Ivoire, laquelle tient la place de prestige de premier producteur mondial de cette matière première convoitée. Pourtant, au niveau local, le pays affronte, avec plus ou moins de réussite, différentes problématiques telles que les maladies des cacaoyers ; la déforestation massive ; le travail des enfants dans les plantations de cacao ou encore l’amélioration des revenus des producteurs et de leurs familles.
Amarante Consulting was recently contracted by UNCDF in Nepal to develop remittance-linked use-cases for migrants on an innovative digital architecture. We kick-started this project in October 2018 with the preparation of a concept note, identification of partner institutions and a market scan. As a next step, we travelled to the rural and semi-urban areas of Banepa and Panchkal to interview a range of stakeholders including migrants and their families,
Amarante recently had an opportunity to work on an exciting project in Zambia for the World Food Program (WFP) and UNCDF. Using human centred design (HCD) approach and in collaboration with Yux, we travelled to the southern provinces of Zambia and talked to farmers and buyers, users of Maano, a virtual farmers market.
Financial inclusion refers to the process of extending access to financial services to the previously unbanked or underbanked population found mostly in remote areas, in developing countries or among various social groups such as women or migrants. The lack of appropriate access and adapted products and services catering to the 1.7 billion unbanked population (Global Findex, 2017) is due to gaps on both the demand and the supply side.
There are many reasons why MFIs might be hesitant to undertake digital transformation. Firstly, heavy up-front investments are required for such initiatives, and small MFIs might lack the necessary resources. Even large MFIs should always conduct careful financial analysis and build a long term digital strategy before launching a digital initiative. Additionally, strong support from the management team is needed to undertake a digital transformation,
Today, more than two thirds of the world population are connected to mobile services. This simple fact makes digital financial technology a key component of revolutionizing financial inclusion efforts. Digital transformation initiatives are being put in place at a growing pace in both emerging and developed markets to streamline banking and microfinance processes and better cater to the needs of the un(der)banked, while increasing operational efficiency.
Our journey started 10 years ago, when digital channels for financial transactions, customer on-boarding, identity and engagement were just about being tested in different pockets of the world.
Since then, the digital revolution has taken various markets by storm. Some regions have much more success than others, but there’s no denying the level of creativity in launching new technology-based products and services and building new business models.