Impact Research

AgriFin Accelerate launched its flagship product, DigiFarm, in partnership with Safaricom in Kenya. DigiFarm is a platform tailored for smallholder farmers that offers access to information, quality agricultural inputs, financial services such as savings and credit products, digital supply chain management, extension services and access to markets.

DigiFarm Randomised Control Trial

We are committed to show significant impact at the smallholder household level due to increased access to digital services through DigiFarm and other key interventions. Due to the broad range and varied availability of digitally-enabled products and services offered to farmers via the DigiFarm platform, the cause-and-effect of increased financial opportunity, extension, and market facilitation on income and productivity remains ambiguous.

Making this crucial link is imperative for the AgriFin program and our partners. To generate this evidence, a randomized control trial (RCT) to test exposure to the different platforms and as a whole was designed in partnership with Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de). The RCT compares the effect of those using DigiFarm products in isolation, and as a bundle, while considering the return on investment. Read more…

DigiFarm Impact Assessment

AgriFin seeks to establish a complementary DigiFarm Impact Assessment (DIA) to our ongoing randomized trial. This will seek to estimate variation in impact across the country, as well as across different groups of farmers, and will measure impact on a variety of indicators, such as farm income, material well-being and food security. We hypothesize that DigiFarm is improving the profitability of and access to financial services for smallholder farmers, thereby stimulating direct and indirect effects on the rural economy as new services become available.

The (2020) impact evaluation will employ a “difference in differences” (DD) design. We will measure key outcomes for DigiFarm users (of varying engagement) and non-users over a period of two years, allowing for natural crossing over between groups to identify effects of exposure. We expect there to be some differences between the two groups to begin with, but assume those differences would stay constant over time in the absence of DigiFarm.

(Click to view) AFA Evidence Gap Map Spreadsheet

Evidence Gap Map

AgriFin Accelerate is now in its 5th year of introducing and supporting many innovative players to serve smallholder farmers with digital financial and value added services. Learning throughout the life of the program is one of our key objectives.

With our learning partner Dalberg Research we developed a base of evidence across our interventions and outcomes to support our learning agenda, internal M&E coordination, programmatic focus, and external proposals. The resulting Evidence Gap Map allows us to draw insights about the quality and quantity of existing research.

The framework for the mapping looks at the impact of four interventions on smallholder services:

  1. Digital Financial Services
  2. Digitally Enabled Capacity-building
  3. Learning and Design
  4. Delivery of Services.

The Evidence Gap Map is a live and editable document and includes an Evidence Dashboard, a Repository of Evidence, instructions on navigating the Map and classifications for evidence and definitions.

AgriFin Mobile

AgriFin Mobile, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, was AgriFin’s first active program from 2012-2019. The program supported private sector partners in the development of demand-driven products and services that increased farmer yields and income in Indonesia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. By teaming with the private sector, 225,500 farmers became users of innovative digital agriculture and financial services daily by the end of the program.

For example, in Uganda, AgriFin Mobile tested new business models and developed a platform that provided access to markets in previously underserved areas, at an average of up to 20% above prevailing market prices.

In Indonesia, AgriFin Mobile helped Bank Mandiri expand its agent banking network. Farmers now access mobile banking and new forms of credit bundled with agricultural services.

In Zimbabwe, AgriFin Mobile partnered with Econet and the Zimbabwe Farmers Union to provide farmers with agriculture insurance and connect them to new markets.

Select from the adjacent links to read some of the Program’s impact reports.