SE Asia - Agricultural Value Chain Financing

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A critical input in the business of creating value in these changing agricultural chains is finance. Financial products need to respond also to the changing market requirements. Mechanisms in terms of improving effectiveness of financial products, access and repayment need to be examined. It is within this overall context that the Southeast Asia Regional Conference in Agricultural Value Chain Financing was held in December 12-14 2007 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. It was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Asian Productivity Organization (APO).

Lessons Learned from Cases on Value Chain Financing:

  1. Work with lead firms where impact on poverty alleviation is significant
  2. Focus on sustainable, primarily commercial markets
  3. For poverty reduction, support markets or value chains
  4. Use technical assistance to address market requirements and improve repayment rate
  5. Reduce transaction costs and improve efficiency of chain through the use of information and communication technology
  6. Identify market opportunities where small-scale producers have competitive edge
  7. Differentiate products to establish niches in markets
  8. Develop small-scale groups to improve access to credit
  9. Effective chain-wide coordination requires a well-defined direction and function

Document Information

Document Type Paper
Autor Dr. Larry N. Digal
Year of Publication 2009
Número de Páginas 111 pp.
Región / País Asia, Asia sudoriental /
Idioma Principal Inglés (en)
Palabras clave Agricultural Value Chains, Financiamiento De Cadenas De Valor Agrícolas
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