Digital Farmer Platforms

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Digital Farmer Platforms
SectorMost major industry classification systems use sources of revenue as their basis for classifying companies into specific sectors, subsectors and industries. In order to group like companies based on their sustainability-related risks and opportunities, SASB created the Sustainable Industry Classification System® (SICS®) and the classification of sectors, subsectors and industries in the SDG Investor Platform is based on SICS.
Food and Beverage
Food and Agriculture
Business Model Description

Invest in digital agricultural platforms for smallholder farmers including business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) platforms for agriculture e-commerce and procurement, market information systems for smart farming, and agriculture digital financial services; connecting farmers to input suppliers and potential customers while providing advanced agricultural statistical data and funding options to increase productivity and market access.

Expected Impact

Improve the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production especially of smallholder farmers.

Indicative ReturnDescribes the rate of growth an investment is expected to generate within the IOA. The indicative return is identified for the IOA by establishing its Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Return of Investment (ROI) or Gross Profit Margin (GPM).
20% - 25% (in IRR)
Investment TimeframeDescribes the time period in which the IOA will pay-back the invested resources. The estimate is based on asset expected lifetime as the IOA will start generating accumulated positive cash-flows.
Short Term (0–5 years)
Market SizeDescribes the value of potential addressable market of the IOA. The market size is identified for the IOA by establishing the value in USD, identifying the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) or providing a numeric unit critical to the IOA.
812,000 smallholder farmers in Eswatini
Average Ticket Size (USD)Describes the USD amount for a typical investment required in the IOA.
< USD 500,000
Direct ImpactDescribes the primary SDG(s) the IOA addresses.
Zero Hunger (SDG 2) No Poverty (SDG 1) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)
Indirect ImpactDescribes the secondary SDG(s) the IOA addresses.
Gender Equality (SDG 5) Partnerships For the Goals (SDG 17) Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
Sector Sources
  • 1) Ministry of Economic Planning and Development. 2019. The Kingdom of Eswatini Voluntary National Review. 2) Finmark Trust. 2020. Financial Inclusion Refresh. 3) Government of Eswatini. 2020. Post COVID-19 Kingdom of Eswatini Economic Recovery Plan. 4) Ministry of Agriculture. 2015-2025 Swaziland National Agricultural Investment Plan (SNAIP). 5) Ministry Of Agriculture. 2018- 2023. Ministry Of Agriculture Strategic Plan. 6) World Food Programme (WFP). 2020-2024. Eswatini country strategic plan. 7) Ministry of Economic Planning and Development. 2020. The Eswatini Zero Hunger Strategic Review. 8) Ministry of Economic Planning and Development. 2017. The Strategy for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth (SSDIG) 9) EUROPEAID. 2016. Final Detailed Report: Strategic Environmental Assessment Of The 11th EDF Programme’s Focal Sector Agriculture In Swaziland 10) Inter Press Services Nes Agency. Climate-Smart Agriculture means More Time for Eswatini Women Farmers. 11) World Food Programme. Eswatini country strategic plan (2020–2024). 2020 12) Government of Eswatini. May 2019. The Kingdom of Eswatini Strategic Road Map: 2019-2022.
IOA Sources
  • 13) eSus Farm. 2022. Company Website. 14) Namboard. 2022. Company Website (Services). 15) Dimension Data. 2022. Company Website. 16) UNDP Stakeholder Interview Consultation with ESusFarm, November 2021. 17) UNDP Stakeholder Interview in Eswatini with Paul Vilane. 2020 18) United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Eswatini, 2021-2025 19) Ministry of Economic Planning and Development. 2019. The Kingdom of Eswatini Voluntary National Review. 20) ESWADE. 2021. The High Value Crop and Horticulture Project (HVCHP). 21) OECD. 2022. New technologies and digitalization are transforming agriculture and offering new opportunities to improve policy. 22) FinMark Trust. 2021. Agricultural Finance Scoping. 23) Eswatini Farming. 2021. Digitization to revolutionize farming and agriculture. 24) Business Eswatini. 2019. A Practical Guide to Doing Business in Eswatini. 25) Kingdom of Eswatini. 2020. Eswatini National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) 2025. 26) Council of Europe. Eswatini Cybercrime Policies/Strategies. 27) Data Guidance Regulatory Research Software. July 2021. Eswatini Governing Texts. 28) Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. 2019. The Agribusiness Deal Room at the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). 29) National Agricultural Marketing Board. 2021. Imports of Scheduled Agricultural Products 30) African Development Bank Group. December, 2021. African Development Bank Group Board approves €10.5 million pooled investment in tech start-up fund to boost innovation across sub-Saharan Africa. 31) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. SDG Indicators, 2022.