From the Farm to the World, on a Plate : In Colombia, improving value for farmers, supply chains and the environment
Crepes & Waffles, a well-known Colombian restaurant chain, is developing a pilot project to connect agro-biodiversity products with companies from the gourmet food sector. This initiative is based on the premise that higher-value and higher demand for organic products with agricultural biodiversity will encourage farmers to cultivate these varieties and, thus, contribute to the preservation of native species in the process.
July’s Most Popular Posts on NextBillion: From the value of female mobile money agents to the power of Latin America’s BoP
From the benefits of training women as mobile money agents to the remarkable size and vibrancy of Latin America's BoP, the month of July brought some compelling content to NextBillion. We highlight the three most-read and most-shared posts of the month.
UPDATE: Powerful Partnership: Teaching case spells out how Walmart and USAID collaborate to meet global challenges
When Walmart started striving for greater social impact through its supply chains and the U.S. Agency for International Development came to embrace the private sector, a unique collaboration was formed. A new teaching case explains how these high-powered partners are seeking integrated solutions to increasingly complex global problems.
The Key to Fighting Poverty in Africa: Could unlocking smallholder finance solve both the continent’s food and employment challenges?
Small and mid-sized agribusinesses are a vital link in Africa’s local and regional agriculture markets. They're also key to building an inclusive African economy able to absorb a workforce that’s set to double in size over the next 25 years, and to feeding a continent that is hungrier now than ever. There’s only one problem: Commercial banks won’t lend to them.
Markets don't address the needs of smallholder farmers. To remain competitive, these farmers will have to join forces with other smallholders and the external community will need to assist them by encouraging and enabling the formation of farmers' organizations.
‘Banana Has Potential’: From a field school to commercial venture, Nyangorora provides a sustainable model for smallholder farmers
Nyangorora Banana Processors is a collaboration between farmers, research institutes, development partners and county governments that has evolved over time and could present a sustainable way of enhancing access to markets for smallholder farmers in developing countries.
The Financial Power of the Group: How demand aggregation can enable consumer financing for renewable energy products
Salt farmers in Northern India use diesel pumps to help them harvest salt from sea water. They run these pumps for over 16 hours a day, which means up to 60 percent of their income is spent on fuel costs. Solar pumps could substantially increase their income, so Dalberg explored financing options that could make these pumps accessible. They discuss demand aggregation, one particularly promising solution.
Unlike in the world of global soccer, this week in global development was marked by a fair amount of positive news. We captured some of it in this week’s Top Ten list, which features everything from mobile money momentum and impact investing resources, to promising health care innovations - along with a couple of cool videos.
- Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Health Care, NextBillion Originals, Technology