7 Resilience & Inclusion: Recommendations

To encourage mobilization of private sector investment for food security agendas, donors should:

7.1 Support the digitization of agricultural value chains to provide a pathway to increased resilience and the financial inclusion of small-scale producers.

7.2 Encourage investment in digital communication and drone technology to help provide information to smallholders to augment traditional extension approaches.

7.3 Respond by funding the capacity development organizations to ensure they are not dependent on aid. However, in the event of major shocks, they will need funding for immediate priorities such as payroll and rent.

7.4 Redesign initiatives to catalyse private investment for acute food insecurity focusing on smallholder farmer support.

7.5 Focus efforts on catalysing private investment into local agricultural processing and value addition.

7.6 Leverage blended financing to mobilize local financial institutional lending to processing and value-addition SMEs.

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Impact of Covid-19 on agribusinesses for investors [63 pages] and its executive summary [8 pages] draw out immediate lessons from the pandemic and also future opportunities to improve business resilience in the face of systemic threats that reduce transport and access to markets.

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Carbon finance for smallholder farmers and agribusinesses: Analytical briefing on agroforestry solutions [48 pages]

examines the role carbon finance could play in the transition of smallholder agriculture to a more sustainable, productive and resilient future.

Updated June 2023

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