Digitizing 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.
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.
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WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS 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.
INTENDED OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE
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.
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“The course was an excellent introduction, which help me to consolidate and systematize the very basic knowledge that I had about digital money. Now I feel that I can have an eye to eye conversation with experts. ” – Federico Bilder, Partner – A2F Solutions, Ethiopia
“I realised how much I didn’t know. There is so much more to digital financial services than I appreciated prior to this course. It has showed me how much more there is to learn and where I can dig in deeper to learn more. My favorite part of the course was getting to undersand the RTGS, National Switch, and ECH systems. It helped me visualise what was going on behind the scenes when payments and transfers are being made, why it costs money to make these transactions, and who is in charge of them. ” – Taylor Yess, Digital Communications Officer – FSD Zambia
“It has been a wonderful three months. Thanks to DFI for putting this course together and taking us along on the ride. It ﬁlled in the knowledge gaps and challenged us to provide the solutions not wait for someone to do it for us. We say challenge accepted…” – Robinson Mbae, Agency Network Manager, Kigali
Kickstart your DFS career
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.
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Option 1: Payment Plans that make your tuition more affordable
Course fees can be made over payments at an agreed date.
Certified Digital Finance Practitioner
- Year 1: $1335/$445 in 3 instalments (works out to $112 p.m.)
- Year 2: $1335/$445 in 3 instalments
- Year 3: $1335/$445 in 3 instalments
Foundational courses include the Certificate in Digital Money, and Leading Digital Money Markets.
- Payment 1: $500
- Payment 2: $500
- Payment 3: $500
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.
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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.
Eight successful referrals will result in your foundational course being fully subsidized.
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 instalments. Please see below criteria for scholarships.
- I am an active member of the digital financial services industry
- I am from sub-Saharan Africa
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.