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Agro-input Learning Event

Agro-input Learning Event

On Thursday, August 18, FtF IAM hosted an agro-input learning event aiming to facilitate experience sharing on agro-input last-mile distribution sales models and fostering collaboration between agro-input market actors. In partnership with the agri-input distributors, FtF IAM is co-investing in business models that increase last-mile distribution of quality agricultural inputs. The event was attended by 28 agro-input partners including seed companies and national input distributors. During the event, partners presented new models for reaching smallholder farmers with quality inputs and marketing products through demonstration sites and agent-based networks and hubs. In breakout groups, they collectively identified gaps and brainstormed on best practices. The partners reflected that collaboration with other players in agro-input market is key to reaching more farmers and growing the industry as a whole. Moving forward, the partners will modify their models to implement the best practices drawn from the event, and FtF IAM will be following up to capture the impact and changes due to this event. The agro-input distributors who attended appreciated the continued challenges of working with Equity bank and others to help farmers access finance. FtF IAM partner, Patasante, a factoring (receipt financing) firm attended and will explore how to finance the agro-inputs that farmers who purchase on credit to increase distribution by agro-input firms.

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