Digitizing Value Chain Finance for Smallholder Farmers

M. Mattern, R.M. Ramírez | CGAP

This Focus Note aims to identify, analyze, and formulate potential development paths of efforts to digitize agricultural value chain finance. The authors begin with an overview of value chain finance and the role of digital tools. They present three broad use cases for digital financial services (DFS) along value chains: overcoming barriers to providing financial services, improving the efficiency of financial transactions, and improving market opportunities. The paper also highlights the types of financial products and services that digital solutions enable and cites examples of models currently being implemented. It also analyzes the costs, benefits, and opportunities of various approaches to digitization, in an effort to help readers identify situations where digital tools can help solve key pain points along the value chain.

Agricultural & Rural Finance, Mobile Banking
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