Webinar: Using technology to increase market and finance access for smallholders

Time: 24 March 2020
Where: Online
A farmer standing in a field holds a mobile phone to her ear

A Kenyan farmer uses a mobile phone in the field (Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT via WikimediaCC BY-SA 2.0)

IIED hosted a webinar on 24 March 2020 to discuss an experience of linking smallholder farmers to targeted services and buyers and to strengthen their position with other actors.

An initiative led by IIED is generating lessons on how rural producers, their associations and wider communities can best empower themselves to articulate their development priorities, make informed choices, and negotiate effectively for equitable partnerships with progressive private sector actors in commercial agriculture.

This webinar, part of the 'Empowering Producers In Commercial agriculture’ (EPIC) project, shared and debated experiences around a commercial digital platform linking smallholder farmers in East Africa to targeted services and to strengthen their position with other actors such as buyers, input traders and financial institutions.

The e-Granary platform, an ambitious venture initiated by the East Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), is in its relatively early days serving producers in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. It has generated many lessons and challenges to overcome.

This online seminar on Tuesday, 24 March was designed for rural producer organisations, private sector, civil society and development agencies.