LHB Associates has extensive industry, agriculture and development contacts throughout Africa, Asia, MENA and Latin America.
Extensive speaking engagements in Africa, Asia, Europe and Washington DC about the potential for inserting digital finance into rural village economies that are driven by agriculture as a gateway to serving the households needs for credit, savings, education, health, water, utilities, food, transport and other expenditures.
Extensive research of strategic alliances for rice, coffee, cotton and cocoa digital finance projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Design and implementation of mobile finance and other strategies and business model innovations that connect the economic base of the pyramid with formal economic activity.
“Lee helped Kifiya develop a strategic road map for developing a digital agriculture platform which brought together: transactions, access to finance and information (data collection and dissemination). Having his thought leadership, as well as practitioner experience was invaluable, especially in framing value propositions to a wide range of stakeholders and discussing next steps.”
“Dr. Babcock provided strategic advisory, expert review and editing of our food security proposals. His work was timely, insightful and comprehensive. He was also a pleasure to work with and is enthusiastic about ICTs and mobile money to have impact. “
Information and Communication Technologies are not the solution but the enablers for those who come up with the solutions. As such, e-agriculture strategies should promote empowerment, training and education as a segue to the requisite cultural shift, from top- down prescriptive government directives to knowledge sharing, trust and transparency.
Lee H. Babcock – USA