MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing financial contracts for rain collecting water tanks, including a layaway savings plan, an asset-collateralized loan and a hybrid option that enables farmers to save towards the loan’s deposit.
An MRR Innovation Lab research team is leveraging recent advances in DNA fingerprinting to test maize and bean seeds from across supply chains in Uganda to identify leaks responsible for low-quality seeds reaching farms, creating an opportunity to enhance seed system resilience.
An MRR Innovation Lab research team is collaborating with partners in the digital finance and agriculture sectors in Kenya in a feasibility study to design and offer digital agricultural loans backed by weather index insurance.
In Rwanda, MRR Innovation Lab researchers are measuring the impacts of connecting maize farmer cooperatives with the innovative processor Kumwe Harvest to provide a stable market for newly harvested maize while increasing the quantity accepted for purchase.
This project aims to combine the market linkage services of a highly reputable private sector brokerage firm with high‐frequency data collection, an innovative digital trading platform and a set of contractual guarantees for smallholder farmers in Uganda.
This collaborative project will explore how risk-reducing technology, motivated and dedicated savings and indexed pre-approved lines of credit can be combined to provide protection against risk to reduce poverty.
This project seeks to improve access for the poor by identifying mechanisms that create incomplete access, which innovations are effective at expanding access, and finally in looking at the welfare implications of expanded financial services.