Beyond Financial Services

Improving Access to Basic Financial Services and Agricultural Input and Output Markets by Smallholder Farmers in Zimbabwe 


Partner

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Date

April 2011

Team

Ben Fowler
David Panetta

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About the Publication 

Thumbnail 7This case study examines CARE International’s efforts to promote access to basic financial services and agricultural input and output markets in very poor areas of rural Zimbabwe. CARE facilitated relationships between input wholesalers and rural agro-dealers that enabled the provision of previously unavailable agricultural inputs. The objective of this case study was to investigate two research propositions: (a) savings groups enhance the capacity of smallholder farmers to purchase agricultural inputs (b) the linkages of savings groups to an agro-dealer model improves access to and participation in agricultural input and output markets.

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