Research, Innovation and Inclusive Finance: A Winning Combination for Agricultural Productivity and Food Security
Africa, Burkina Faso
April 2018 marked the end of a project in Burkina Faso to give farmers access to agricultural innovations and financial services, led by Développement international Desjardins (DID) with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and in collaboration with Burkina Faso’s institute of the environment and agricultural research, the RCPB network of "caisses populaires" and a group of researchers from Université Laval.
The aim of this 36-month-long project was to demonstrate that farmers need better access to financing so they can acquire and integrate new innovations into their agricultural operations. DID and its partners developed a model to test the role financial services play in distributing and scaling up innovations to improve small-scale agricultural operations in Burkina Faso.