MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing Family Insurance, which is built on the technical foundation of IBLI but provides coverage in “family” units that pay for household needs during droughts that threaten families’ wellbeing.
This ALL-IN project is testing information and communications technology (ICT) interventions that create a virtual marketplace to connect horticultural sellers to buyers and a platform that provides agricultural extension services to farmers remotely.
This Feed the Future ALL-IN project tests credit and formal repayment contracts in Northern Ghana, which may increase the sector’s profitability and overall shea supply while empowering women to receive the full benefits of their work.
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 farmers in maize cooperatives to large-scale processors 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.