Type: Chapter

Financial services for smallholders

Author Nikesh Ghimere

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Publication date:

23 November 2020

ID: 9781786769619

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Financing for smallholder farmers starts with the question of what does a smallholder need to improve their income and ends with financing as one of the solutions that help achieve this goal. The chapter outlines some basic concepts and then outlines a set of various loan products that may fit a target smallholder farmer segment’s needs. The chapter also outlines various risk mitigation tools that can be used to facilitate smallholder financing and explores some ideas around creatively servicing a smallholder’s financing need. The chapter concludes by listing some relevant case examples to highlight various elements discussed in the chapter and their applications and experiences.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Financial services
3 Loan products for smallholders
4 Risk mitigation
5 Getting creative
6 Case examples
7 Conclusion
8 Where to look for further information
9 References