100&Change: 2021

Transforming Small-Scale Farming in the Face of Climate Change

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps, NASA, and Digital Green are joining forces to utilize digital innovation and revolutionize the way small-scale farmers feed the world.

Submitted: May 2021
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Food security
Current Work Location(s):
  • Ethiopia
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Kenya
  • Yangon Region, Myanmar
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader, Ethiopia
  • Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
  • National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
Priority Population(s):
  • Females
  • Low-income people
  • Farmers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

Small-scale farmers are struggling to feed the world in the face of climate change.

What if the solution was already in their pocket?

Leveraging the power of mobile phones, Mercy Corps’ innovative AgriFin program is taking small-scale farming from subsistence to sustainable. We catalyze a global network of partners to create digital “one-stop-shops” that farmers can access anytime, anywhere—for everything from better seeds to banking services.

Our approach already has helped more than three million farmers increase their harvests and incomes. Now, as population growth and climate change collide to create new challenges for farmers worldwide, it is time to up our game.

Together with NASA and Digital Green, we will leverage on-the-ground expertise and space-borne satellite technology to help farmers adapt to a changing climate. With support, we can mobilize 25 million small-scale farmers to transform the way they feed the world.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Mercy Corps

website: https://www.mercycorps.org/
Organization Headquarters
Snohomish County, Washington, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$500 Million to $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity


Mercy Corps AgriFin pivoted over the past year to respond to the twin crises of COVID-19 and the desert locust infestation in East Africa. The program is now supporting six million farmers.