Sharing experiences on sustainable rural finance in Morocco, Nicaragua and Bangladesh
In recent years, an enormous growth in global agricultural markets has led to a renewed interest and innovative developments in this domain. What are these developments? What experiences exist throughout the world? And what can we learn from them in order to support a more sustainable rural and agricultural finance?
The present issue of Passerelles tries to shed some light on these issues, with the following articles:
Recent trends in agricultural finance: New approaches to address and overcome main barriers and challenges.Massimo Pera (FAO) provides a global perspective and points out the need to adopt a value chain approach to rural and agricultural finance.
Saving drops of water and nurturing life: Financing arboriculture projects and irrigation systems in rural Morocco. Juana Ramirez from ADA speaks about agricultural modernization in Morocco.
Planting the seeds of inclusion: An alternative pathway for coffee production. A group of researchers from Nitlapan and the IOB describe the coffee value chain in Nicaragua.
Friendship: A firm spot in the shifting sands of Bangladesh. Marina Abboud from ADA examines the experience of the Friendship NGO in Bangladesh.
Entrepreneurial success, social capital and microfinance. Luminita Postelnicu and Niels Hermes explain how social capital facilitates the access to finance and fosters entrepreneurship.