Agri-Fin Mobile Innovations

Projekt abgeschlossen

Half of the billion people affected by undernourishment worldwide earn their primary living from smallholder agriculture. The productivity of these farmers remains very low. A major issue in this context is the lack of access to technical and market information, and to financial services. Providing access to rural advisory and financial services through mobile phones – a highly promising medium to reach millions in remote areas – has a high potential to improve smallholders’ productivity, stabilise their incomes, thus contributing to increased food security.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Beschäftigung & Wirtschaftsentwicklung
Landwirtschaftliche Entwicklung
Informal banking & insurance
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (ICT)
01.06.2012 - 31.05.2015
CHF 2'600'000

Access to mobile phone networks is growing dramatically in rural areas of developing countries, providing a powerful channel of communication and the ability to link excluded rural communities to up-to-date information. The aim of the present project is to “bundle” key services of agricultural advice from private sector, research and extension institutions with financial services providers and telecommunications companies.


Smallholder farmers increase and stablise their incomes and manage their production cycle in a more effective way. This shall contribute to improved livelihoods and an increased food security at household and system levels.


Smallholder farmers in selected rural areas of Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. The generated knowledge on the models in these countries will be socialised through farmer and rural advisory service (RAS) networks (indirect).

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Demand-driven bundled financial and rural advisory services via mobile phones are elaborated and made available Outcome 2: Sustainable and scalable business models are established and work Outcome 3: Smallholder farmers have sustainable access and make accurate use of financial and rural advisory services Outcome 4: Knowledge of models, services and products are captured and shared for dissemination and replication

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
  • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
  • Mercy Corps

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   2'600'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   2'230'117
Projektphasen Phase 2 01.06.2015 - 31.05.2019   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.06.2012 - 31.05.2015   (Completed)