Information and Communication Technologies for Improving Investment Readiness of Small and Medium Agribusinesses
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) is a flagship programme financed by the UK
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO, previously DFID), which seeks to increase economic opportunities for smallholders to step and trade into growing commercial markets. The programme aims to increase investments in agribusinesses which source from smallholder farmers and to generate new evidence and research that amplifies the case for doing business with smallholders.
This study analyses the factors behind successful deployment of mobile technologies to improve agribusiness productivity and investment readiness. It aims to analyse agricultural value-added services (agri-VAS) that have SME agribusinesses as their main clients, as they are more likely to positively impact the investment readiness of SME agribusinesses than agri-VAS with smallholder farmers as their only clients, which are also the most evaluated type of agri-VAS.