A Year in the Lives of Smallholder Families

Washington, DC

25 February 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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How do the estimated 500 million smallholder households worldwide manage their money and what kind of financial services would better serve this important group?

Until now, very little was known about how financial services could effectively respond to the varied needs of smallholder families around the world. In CGAP's year-long financial diaries study, researchers tracked the financial lives of 270 total smallholder households in Mozambique, Pakistan and Tanzania and came away with unique insights into how these families manage their income, plan for expenses and cope with the unpredictable nature of lives rooted in agriculture.

It is the first time the financial diaries methodology has been used to research the financial lives of smallholders.

On February 25, 2016 CGAP launched the results of its year-long "Smallholder Diaries", which researched the financial lives of small-scale farming families in Mozambique, Pakistan and Tanzania. Watch the event recording below, or explore the publication and interactive data.

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  • Jamie Anderson, Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
  • Daryl Collins, Managing Director, Bankable Frontier Associates
  • Wajiha Ahmed, Senior Associate, Bankable Frontier Associates
  • Henriqueta Hunguana, Managing Partner, ICC Mozambique
  • Mwombeki Baregu, Head of Agriculture and Rural Finance, Financial Sector Deepening Trust Tanzania
  • Raheel Rasool, Deputy Director, Development Finance Support Department, State Bank of Pakistan