Connected Farmer Alliance

Status 
Inactive
Region 
Africa
Description 
On June 12, 2012 USAID, Vodafone, and TechnoServe announced a new three-year partnership to increase the productivity, incomes, and resilience of smallholder farmers. The Connected Farmer Alliance will leverage mobile phone-enabled solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and increase farmers' ability to access secure, timely payments and other financial services. Implementation began in September 2012. The partnership will reach more than 500,000 smallholder farmers by expanding the use of mobile financial services pioneered by Vodafone's existing mobile money platform, M-Pesa - a highly successful SMS-based money transfer service already at scale in Kenya where 15 million people exchange $850 million via the system every month. Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania are priorities of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, and home to Vodafone affiliate companies. Vodafone and TechnoServe will work with farming communities and supply chains in these countries to develop and scale mobile applications that enable rural households to transfer and receive payments securely, access other financial services, and facilitate linkages to local and multinational agribusinesses, especially those looking to serve smallholder farmers working in Feed the Future priority value chains.
Implementing Partner 
TechnoServe
Total Lifetime Investment 
$ 10,100,320.00
USG Investment 
$ 4,999,916.00
Non-USG Investment 
$ 5,100,404.00
Resource Partner 
Start Year 
2012
End Year 
2016