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Welcome to the Smallholder Impact Literature Wiki, brought to you by The Initiative for Smallholder Finance.

The intention of this wiki is to serve as a living resource for the smallholder community to capture, organize, and easily access the growing body of literature about smallholder interventions. Users are welcome to add new resources, edit current takeaways, and provide additional knowledge. The wiki uses standard wiki markup language. A short intro is at Help:Cheatsheet. To learn how to see this markup and to save an edit, see: Help:Editing.

Literature is organized into 15 assumptions implied in the Universal Theory of Change. These assumptions are then further broken into component parts, with specific studies, literature, and cases noted for each part. While we've worked to evaluate the amount of literature that exists pertaining to each of the 15 base assumptions, actual takeaways and findings are only noted at a deeper level. To begin exploring the literature, click on one of the assumptions in the table below.


Assumption Literature Availability
1 Providing tailored financial products to farmers helps them build larger and more productive farms Med.png
2 Providing capital to producer organizations and agribusinesses allows them to build stronger agricultural markets and serve farmers better Med.png
3 Providing capital to financial institutions allows them to on-lend to farmers Low.png
4 Technical assistance to farmers, both productivity- and business-related, builds more resilient, productive and sustainable farms Med.png
5 Technical assistance to agribusinesses builds more capable agribusinesses better able to serve farmers Low.png
6 Technical assistance to financial institutions allows them to on-lend to farmers Low.png
7 Certification for farmers builds more resilient, productive and sustainable farms Med.png
8 Providing transport and storage infrastructure to agribusinesses allows them to build stronger agricultural markets and serve farmers better Med.png
9 Providing market linkages to farmers improves their yields and incomes Med.png
10 Providing inputs to farmers helps them build larger and more productive farms High.png
11 Producer organizations and agribusinesses build more resilient, productive and sustainable farms High.png
12 More resilient and productive farms lead to enhanced access to finance Low.png
13 More resilient and productive farms lead to improved outcomes for farmers Med.png
14 More resilient and productive farms and agribusinesses lead to rural job creation and poverty alleviation High.png
15 More resilient and productive farms lead to enhanced ecosystem resilience High.png

Universal Theory of Change[edit]

As part of the development of this Wiki, The Initiative for Smallholder Finance interviewed a large group of stakeholders in the smallholder agricultural finance community and developed the following universal theory of change. The 15 assumptions above relate to the expectations of investors, agribusinesses, technical assistance providers, certification bodies, and other actors who embrace a theory of change similar to this one.

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