In this op-ed, Juan Guardado argues that, despite Africa’s leading role in the mobile revolution, smallholder farmers have yet to fundamentally benefit from digital technology that can bring them unprecedented access to financial services, agricultural information and market opportunities.
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Grameen Foundation is cited as one of the few organizations that have built credit assessment tools specifically for smallholder farmers in a new report by the Initiative for Smallholder Finance that explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.
Grameen Foundation's work with coops in Colombia was cited as an example of new initiatives to help coffee farmers increase productivity, improve business practices and gain access to finance.
The one-time Microsoft program manager was inspired by a talk by Mohammad Yunus to work directly to fight global poverty.
Powered by MOTECH, a simple-to-use mobile health (mHealth) technology developed by Grameen Foundation with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort aims to deliver life-saving information to millions of mothers and pregnant women in rural areas within three years.
The project, led by Grameen Foundation India, aims to help underserved women increase their use of bank accounts and become more financially active.
Author of the report, Prof. Kathleen Odell says it is time to reframe the research questions – setting aside the question of whether “microfinance” can “solve poverty” and moving on to a next generation of research which accurately reflects both the nature and the intentions of current financial inclusion practice.
The SAFE alliance is committed to connecting small farmers of various crops to financing and services that will allow them to expand their production and to strengthen their linkages with higher-value markets. Other founding members include Starbucks, Keurig Green Mountain, and Catholic Relief Services.
Grameen Foundation's new Colombia country director Fernando Henao Velasco will expand the foundation's collaborations with local government, businesses and coops to improve opportunities for smallholder farmers.
Grameen Foundation is listed in New York Magazine's 2015 Gift Guide for charities.
Steve Hollingworth succeeds Alex Counts, who founded Grameen Foundation in 1997.
A new study on financial inclusion by Accenture and CARE International UK cites Grameen Foundation's work with Barclays Bank and Airtel in Uganda to develop a mobile product that links the mobile wallets or informal savings groups to Barclays savings accounts.
Grameen Foundation is one of eight organizations to receive funding to help build resilience among some of the most marginalized communities. The foundation will work with coconut farmers in the Philippines to help them plan for and ameliorate damage to their crops caused by extreme weather.
The EBOVAC-Salone study is the first to asses the safety of a prime-boost vaccine regimen. Grameen Foundation is part of a consortium that includes the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and World Vision of Ireland.
Grameen Foundation and its team of local and international organizations will help farmers improve productivity, access financial services, expand access to markets, and use early warning systems to reduce crop losses.