Addressing the Gaps in Data about Smallholder Households

Leading up to the launch of CGAP’s national surveys of smallholders in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda, we asked a range of experts in financial inclusion and agriculture how household data plays a role in their work with smallholders. In this blog series they share their perspectives on what exists and what’s missing, the relevance of CGAP’s smallholder surveys, and how the results of these surveys might be used to advance financial inclusion.

23 October 2014
There is a significant data gap when it comes to smallholders' demand for financial services. Filling this gap is going to require new efforts and a shared learning agenda.
A maize field in Tanzania
21 October 2014
Smallholder farmers are among the most financially excluded of all client segments. Understanding their particular needs is an important step in helping financial service providers to develop appropriate and effective products that serve them effectively.
Roasted cocoa beans, slightly crushed.
16 October 2014
IFC and Ecom, a global commodity trading company, interviewed more than 2,000 cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire about their income levels, food security, and other qualitative aspects of their farming lives. The results highlight some key challenges facing smallholder farmers.
A cow on a farm in Tanzania
14 October 2014
There is very little available data on the characteristics of smallholder farmers' financial needs. The MIX, through its FINclusion Lab, is filling this gap by gathering data on smallholder finance and providing a framework for others interested in data collection.
A man in Bangladesh works in a vegetable field
09 October 2014
The terms "smallholder farm" and "family farm" are often used interchangeably, but technically refer to different dimensions of agriculture. Getting better clarity on the basic composition of the world's farms is challenging, but critical.

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