Global demand for food and agricultural commodities is increasing...

Small agribusinesses and start-ups are less able to access finance from investors or banks

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smallholder farms worldwide
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of agricultural land is held by smallholders
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of smallholders are commercially active

Smallholder agriculture in Africa and South Asia suffers from low deployment of effective farm inputs and weak links between farmers and commercial buyers. These drive down smallholder farm productivity and quality, increasing the perceived risk faced by agribusiness that source produce from smallholders and reducing investor appetite for investing in these businesses.

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme aims to make the commercial and development case for investing in agribusinesses that source produce from smallholders. CASA bridges evidence gaps to ensure that investors and policymakers have access to the right information and people to make inclusive agribusiness models succeed. 

By showcasing successful models for businesses that source produce from smallholders and pulling together the evidence base supporting the commercial and development impact of their business models, CASA will attract more investment into the sector, boosting economic growth and raising demand for smallholder produce.

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