ICCO STARS Ethiopia Credit Pilot Deep Dive Study

The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, a five year initiative of ICCO Cooperation and in partnership with The Mastercard Foundation,  aims to transform the lives of 210,000 farmers, 50% of them are women, in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Senegal and will have an overall impact in the lives of over 1 million people.

To inform their work ICCO recently published a Credit Pilot Deep Dive (CPDD) which investigates differences in the uptake and impact of newly developed agricultural credit products on smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. Using a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach, based on household survey triangulated with focus group discussions (FSG), this study aims to provide the STARS program, and participating MFIs, an enhanced understanding of their client base.

More specifically, the Ethiopia CPDD study provides a deeper understanding of the 75,000 (50% women) smallholder farmers,  and their households, in the STARS Ethiopia program This CPDD study focused on two main zones and credit products in Ethiopia: vegetable loans in the Meki-Ziway area and malt barley loans in the Kersa area. The participating farmers have been categorized in three groups, namely a Treatment, Rejected, and Control Group, to facilitate the analysis of similarities and differences between the groups.

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