Our research and deep sector understanding
informs our advisory and
implementation work.

ISF’s role as an intermediary and advisory group that facilitates partnerships is informed by the landmark research published in Inflection Point.

By understanding the broader ecosystem around smallholder finance and rural enterprises, ISF identifies specific roles and leverage points for stakeholders at all stages of growth and development throughout the smallholder ecosystem.

Our Research

State of the Sector

Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance

Inflection Point suggests that while current activities to expand financial inclusion are not sufficient to meet smallholder demand, concerted efforts around customer centricity, progressive partnerships, and smart subsidy have the potential to change the sector’s growth trajectory to better serve the world’s smallholder farmers.

Briefing 16 - Category: Capital Advisors

Getting smarter on subsidy: The role of grant funding in smallholder finance

This briefing note aims to assess the role of grant funding in smallholder finance and understand how it can be used to unlock financing for millions of smallholders.

Briefing 15 - Category: Capital Providers

The fund manager perspective: Moving the needle on inclusive agribusiness investment

This briefing note interrogate how different impact-oriented agribusiness funds combine public and private capital to build a more inclusive agricultural market.

Briefing 14 - Category: Financial Service Providers

Financial inclusion fit to size: Customizing digital credit for smallholders in Tanzania

This briefing note explores the causes of low uptake in digital credit for smallholders to better understand how we can develop concrete product solutions to jump-start adoption of digital credit products by them.

Briefing 13 - Category: Capital Providers

The Climate Conundrum: Financing smallholder productivity and resilience in the age of climate change

This briefing note explores the latest practices from the climate finance community and the agricultural finance community to understand how new combined models can boost returns and attract new investors.

Briefing 12 - Category: Capital Providers

Unlocking Local Currency Lending: Foreign Exchange Risk in Agricultural Finance

This briefing note details how philanthropic investment can play an influential role in mitigating foreign exchange risk.

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