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7 June 2021
Case study: Facebook Farmers - A new customer base for African agribusinesses

Inputs distributor Agrigrow has doubled its sales in Tanzania with a Facebook campaign supported by AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit. 

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29 March 2021
Case Study: Taylor Winch - A Cooperative Future

This case study explores how Taylor Winch Tanzania, with support from the AgDevCo Smallholder Development Unit (SDU), is strengthening coffee smallholder co-operatives for better quality, higher volumes, and greater social impact. 

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17 March 2021
Five Years of the SDU: A series of celebratory events

To mark 5 years of the SDU, AgDevCo is convening a series of celebratory virtual events between Wednesday 24th March and Friday 26th March 2021. 

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16 October 2020
Article: Systems of success - effective aggregation and scaling in smallholder farmer schemes

AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has been convening periodic virtual knowledge sharing sessions for its partner businesses, as we all work to understand the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for African agribusiness and their smallholder producers and customers. 

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29 September 2020
Case Study: Drivers of Change in Northern Uganda - Exploring the influence of Village Savings and Loans Associations among smallholder farmers.

This report summarises the findings from a qualitative impact assessment carried out with smallholder farmers to investigate the impact of GADC/SDU's VSLA programme. 

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29 September 2020
Case Study: Engaging with Smallholder Farmers: The Business Case

Our partners share how their smallholder farmer schemes have presented significant commercial opportunities.

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22 July 2020
Article: How to break free from the infinite loop of pilotitis

Pilots are a powerful way to design new solutions by testing hypotheses and validating what is actually working. But the true art of pilots is knowing when it's time to scale or bring home a controlled and productive failure.

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21 July 2020
Article: Calculating your tech ROI

There is one factor above all that rules when it comes to relevant technologies: Return on Investment (ROI). Tech should either make you money, or save you money--it's that simple!

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20 July 2020
Article: What are relevant technologies?

Specific challenges will always vary across businesses, but what does not vary is this: you don’t need tech that is cool and you don’t need buzzwords. You need a solution that works.

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30 June 2020
Article: Reaching farmers through bulk SMS/text messaging or automated voice messaging

Increasing rates of phone ownership in Africa means that phone-based services can be a good option for reaching smallholder farmers, even in rural areas.

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30 June 2020
Article: Using radio to reach smallholder farmers

Radio offers significant opportunities to agribusinesses and other organisations to communicate with smallholder farmers. 

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20 January 2020
Video as a tool to enhance farmers’ skills and knowledge – the business case

This short guide summarises the business case for using video to communicate with and provide training to smallholder farmers.

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