Case Study: The Return on Investment from Technoserve’s Coffee Initiative

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This Initiative for Smallholder Finance briefing is the ninth in a series about catalyzing smallholder finance. In our previous two briefing notes, we offered an overview of the anatomy of the market for agricultural technical assistance in developing countries and discussed the linkages between technical assistance and smallholder financing. Those briefings emphasized the importance of increasing coordination among actors to improve knowledge transfer, share best practices and lessons learned, and improve the quality of technical assistance delivery. 

In that spirit, this briefing offers a case study of a TechnoServe project aiming to increase incomes of smallholder coffee farmers in East Africa. Although the project was complex and produced many lessons to share, this briefing focuses in particular on the value of technical assistance to increase access to finance, crowd-in the private sector, achieve scale, and generate value for an industry. 

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