Mobile Money - The Growth of Inclusive Digital Agri-Finance: Spore Magazine 185

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Spore Magazine 185: Mobile Money - The Growth of Inclusive Digital Agri-Finance

Payments and financial services delivered by mobile phone are transforming the lives and economic prospects of farmers and businesses involved in agricultural value chains.

SPORE is the quarterly magazine of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), offering a global perspective on agribusiness and sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the Cotonou Agreement between the countries of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group and the European Union and is financed by the EU.

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A Abhishay (Fiji), O Alawode (Nigeria), K Bascombe (Trinidad and Tobago), C Biao (Benin), J Bodichon (France), H Castell (UK), B Châtel (France), M Davison (UK), V Defait (India), N Dookie (Trinidad and Tobago), C Frison (Belgium), O Frost (UK), A Gross (UK), A Guillame-Gentil (France), D Juchault (France), J Karuga (Kenya), B Koigi (Kenya), W Levy (Australia), K Lohento (CTA), S Lynch (UK), C Mkoka (Malawi), M Makoni (South Africa), D Manley (France), P Neate (CTA), E Ntungwe Ngalame (Cameroon), F Phiri (Zambia), G Rambaldi (CTA), S Reeve (UK)

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CTA
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Jul 17, 2017
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Pages
48
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Industries / Agribusiness
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
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