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There is an ever increasing need to invest in agriculture due to a drastic rise in global population and changing dietary preferences of the growing middle class in emerging markets towards higher value agricultural products. Financial services for smallholder farmers are critical to achieving financial inclusion goals. Many Microfinance institutions and banks see potential growth from extending financial services to these unbanked clients, but their traditional approaches must be adapted to capitalize on opportunities in rural…

Women play an important role in all aspects of the society and industry, focusing on agriculture however, women across the world and in Africa do about 70% of the work in agriculture. Research has however found that yields on farms run by women are approximately 20 to 40 percent lower than yields on farms run by men, and therefore, “gender aware” programs that specifically seek to increase the work of women on farms are vital.…