Digitizing Agriculture

The Last Mile in Smallholder Agriculture

Certified by DFI

This 4-week course will explore the growing variety of digital tools being deployed both directly to smallholder farmers and to others in the agricultural value chain.


23 August 2020


*Start Date: 27 August 2020


4 weeks


Online, in our digital classroom


US$250 per person
(Financial Aid Available)

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Digitizing Agriculture course overview

There are 450-500 million smallholder farmers globally. Increased urbanization and a growing global demand for food, make the productive capacity of these farmers essential to feeding the world’s growing population. It is well documented that smallholder farmers face a financing and information gap. Smallholder farmers, like all farmers, want to maximize their yields and increase their incomes. To do this they need access to information on best practices, ways to identify and purchase quality, and links to markets.  Digital solutions, particularly digital financial services, provide a potential tool to sow the path for financial and information services to reach smallholder farmers. If done properly, there is a significant commercial market opportunity to deliver customized services that are relevant to smallholder farmers and fairly evaluate risk for providers. This course will explore the growing variety of digital tools being deployed both directly to smallholder farmers and to others in the agricultural value chain. It will examine how these tools are being deployed in commercially viable and, most importantly, relevant ways to smallholder farmers directly and with partners who rely on the farmers’ outputs.

Why do I need a agriculture technology course?

This course is designed with several audiences in mind: 1. Financial service provider professionals responsible for expanding services (credit, savings, insurance, payments) to both rural and/or agricultural market segments; 2. Agribusiness professionals who work directly with smallholder farmers and are interested in digital channels can increase their smallholder partners access to financial services; and 3. Agricultural and financial inclusion development experts responsible for integrating new digital tools that support broader impact on their program goals.

Students attending this course will explore the current state of play for digital tools serving agricultural sectors and smallholders in emerging markets and evaluate how delivery of these services are working or failing to deliver.  Students will work to identify remaining unknowns on how digital tools could improve delivery of crucial services to smallholder farmers and last mile organizations that work with them. As an additional outcome for this course participants will be able to apply their learnings to their own work to further cultivate the continued growth of digital tools that serve smallholder farmers.

Digitizing Agriculture course schedule

  • Week 1

    Key Challenges of Serving Remote Smallholder Households

  • Week 2

    Digital Tools that Help Smallholders Manage their Farms

  • Week 3

    Digital Financial Services for Smallholders

  • Week 4

    Digitizing Value Chains

What is digital agriculture?

Digital agricultural technology is a range of technologies and data systems used to support and improve farming techniques.

What is the last mile?

The last mile is a term used in telecommunications to refer to the final step of connecting consumers to the larger communications network.

What is a smallholder farmer?

Smallholder farmers farm small plots of lands, on which they generally grow subsistence crops and one or two cash crops..


DFS, or digital financial services, are any financial services that are available through digital channels, and includes payments, credit, savings, transfers and insurance.


Fintech, or financial technology, refers to any digital technological tools or business models used to support the delivery of financial services.


Financial inclusion is a key part of DFI’s agenda and refers to the goal of ensuring that all people, especially marginalised groups, have access to the financial tools they need.


A virtual classroom is a learning environment that only exists through a digital platform and that allows students to participate regardless of their geographic location. All DFI’s courses are delivered in a virtual classroom.


Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) is a digital education provider designed to prepare professionals for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in a rapidly changing economy.


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Financial Aid

DFI’s mission is to equip a new generation of professionals with the information, skills, and vision they need to guide society towards inclusive digital financial solutions. DFI understand that affordability may stand in the way of your progress as a Digital Finance Professional. We strive to source, manage and administer various student funding opportunities to make tuition more affordable for you.  for deserving students according to sponsor specific requirements. Our goal is to ensure that no student is left behind and have designed affordable payment terms as well as scholarship funds for eligible students.

Use this information to find the best financial aid that supports your objectives. At any stage please contact us at info@digitalfrontiersinstitute.org

Option 1: Payment Plans that make your tuition more affordable

Course fees can be made over payments at an agreed date.

Multi-year Programs

Certified Digital Finance Practitioner

  • Year 1: $1335/$445 in 3 installments (works out to $112 p.m.)
  • Year 2: $1335/$445 in 3 installments
  • Year 3: $1335/$445 in 3 installments
Foundation Courses

Foundation courses include the Certificate in Digital Money, and Leading Digital Money Markets.

  • Payment 1: $500
  • Payment 2: $500
  • Payment 3: $500
Specialization Courses

Specialization courses included short courses such as Digital Agriculture and Digital Identity.

  • Payment 1: $125
  • Payment 2: $125

Option 2: Can we help in getting your company to pay or at least contribute to your tuition?

DFI can assist in opening a conversation with your employer to support your tuition. We can cultivate further interest with them to participate on our programs – bringing multiple employees on will result in corporate discounts and thus lower tuition for you.

Request your corporate proposal by contacting us at info@digitalfrontiersinstitute.org

Option 3: Referral Program

If your colleagues, friends or family join the course we can open a referral seat for you, which is 100% subsidized by Digital Frontiers Institute. This includes assisting us to create impactful corporate alliances.

Foundation Courses

Eight successful referrals will result in your foundation course being fully subsidized.

Specialization Courses

Four successful referrals will result in your specialization course being fully subsidized.

Option 4: Scholarships

DFI offers partial scholarships to qualifying candidates. Our scholarship funders favor scholarship candidates that contribute to tuition themselves. Ideally, Students should contribute at least half of the tuition fee, the higher your contribution the more likely you are to be considered. Tuition can also be paid in manageable installments. Please see below criteria for scholarships.

  •         I am an active member of the digital financial services industry

Scholarships are adjudicated quarterly and are weighted based on the strength of your application. You will be asked to answer the following questions in your application:

  • Please provide a brief overview of experience.
  • To what extent does your organization contribute to financial inclusion.
  • How will your attendance on this course benefit your organization, your initiative, your country?
  • Describe your current role and responsibilities.
  • Why do you think you should receive financial aid?
  • I can contribute $ to my course.

You can apply for a scholarship on the course registration page, where applicable. Not all courses have scholarship programs.