Smallholder Financial Diaries

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) contracted BFA to implement the year-long Financial Diaries with Smallholder Families to elucidate the financial lives of smallholder households and build the evidence base on this important client group. The study, conducted between June 2014 and July 2015, captured the financial and in-kind transactions of 270 households in impoverished northern Mozambique, the fertile farmlands of western Tanzania, and the Punjab province, the bread- basket of Pakistan. BFA’s research provided a deep view of how smallholders are affected by the agricultural cycle and manage their money in response to its ebbs and flows, as well as point to ways that FSPs might better meet smallholders’ needs.