Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Luke Metelerkamp

South Africa

Hello Mauricio 

I saw your dispatch on the PAEPARD mailing list and thought I'd reach out. I'm not directly working on a system for channeling remittances, but we are in the process of piloting what we hope to be a scalable system for blending streams of finance into small-holder agriculture - this could easily include remittances too. The idea being to create a transparent platform of agricultural service providers which farmers have credit to procure from. At the moment we are focussing on extension support, business mentorship and soil/sap analysis services across 5 pilot sites in South Africa. But in time this could be expanded to include a range of other services. 

The money in farmers accounts is ring-fenced and can only be spent on registered service providers. Each transaction is full traceable. And farmers' accounts can be topped up by a range of different actors - including international family members. 

Let me know if you'd be interested in chatting. 

All the best, 

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Dr Luke Metelerkamp

Post Doctoral Researcher, Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University 
Research Associate, Centre For Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University