Digitalization for Agricultural Value Chains in China and India: practical examples of software platform-based solutions for smallholder producers

The Rural Finance Best Practices Project (RuFBeP) by the Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) and IFAD have released a publication on how information and communication technology (ITC) networks in China and India make the agricultural value chain significantly more efficient.

The study presents the following cases:

1. Nixn, the leading high-tech agricultural enterprise in China; through its subsidiary company, Nxin Internet Technology Co., Ltd., it offers a suite of software solutions that links multiple players in the agricultural value chains. The Nxin Mall platform is an online store that gives farmers increased access to agricultural input suppliers and offers transparency of pricing as well as built in safeguards to help prevent price gouging.

2. E-Commerce Platform-Driven Agricultural Value Chain Finance: The initiatives of Ant Financial in China; Ant Financial provides integrated software platforms using cloud-based services and a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model;

3. SourceTrace, a new generation social enterprise that leverages the strength of ICT to fuel the growth in agriculture of the Green Revolution based on eService Everywhere (ESE™) that uses the SaaS model and cloud-based networking;

4. National Collateral Management Services (NCMS) Ltd., India’s leading post-harvest management organization, providing technology-enabled warehousing and supply chain solutions.

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