Palladium is implementing the five-year, USAID-funded Feed the Future East Africa Market Systems Activity, designed to strengthen regional market and economic resilience. The Activity is organized into four objective areas: 1) Strengthening cross-border agricultural market systems, 2) Accessing and scaling technologies, 3) Strengthening regional resilience, and 4) Strengthening the regional agriculture policy and regulatory environment. The geographic area of focus includes the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zambia.
Under Objective 2, the Activity aims to increase access to modern, innovative technologies that have the potential to increase cross-border trade in the select VCs. These technologies may range from agricultural inputs to post-harvest handling and value addition technologies.
Recognizing that financial technology solutions present the potential to both facilitate the scaling of these agricultural technologies as well as transactions across borders, Palladium seeks information from Fintech and other relevant service providers looking to scale existing digital solutions. We are interested in better understanding the existing range of innovative, digital financial solutions targeted toward large buyers, processors, producers, aggregators, and agro-dealers in the target VCs, the potential for scaling these solutions, and the specific challenges faced by service providers in doing so.
Interested parties are requested to respond to the full, attached Request for Information and submit responses per the instructions contained therein.