Launched in June 2013, USAID, Vodafone, and TechnoServe formed a three-year partnership to increase the productivity, incomes, and resilience of smallholder farmers. The Connected Farmer Alliance aims to leverage mobile phone-enabled solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and increase farmers’ ability to access secure, timely payments and other financial services.
The partnership aims to reach more than 500,000 smallholder farmers – including 150,000 women in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania – by expanding the use of mobile financial services pioneered by Vodafone’s existing mobile money platform, M-Pesa. Vodafone and TechnoServe will work with farming communities and supply chains in these countries to develop and scale mobile applications that enable rural households to transfer and receive payments securely, access other financial services, and facilitate linkages to local and multinational agribusinesses, especially those looking to serve smallholder farmers working in Feed the Future priority value chains.
The partnership is divided into three workstreams: First is to develop business-to-business services that lower transaction cost and reduce risk for agribusiness to source from smallholder farmers; second, TechnoServe will work towards designing, testing and launching new mobile money services to allow farmers without banks to save and invest their money; and third, to help farmers utilize the business-to-business and mobile money services. The last stage will incubate a new generation of mobile value-added services targeting the agriculture sector.
|Location||Kenya, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique|
|Value||USD 10.4 Million|