Rural Financial Services

Financial intermediation is an important process through which funds are channelled from suppliers to prospective users. In most countries a diversity of institutions, instruments and markets have evolved to provide financial intermediation services. These include formal institutions such as banks, semi-formal institutions such as cooperatives and informal providers such as traders and moneylenders.

Providing financial services in rural areas is a particular challenge as agriculture has unique characteristics of dependence on natural resources, long production cycles and vulnerability to risks, while scattered populations greatly increase operating costs. This Learning Center aims to bring together resources that can help financial service providers to operate efficiently in this environment and increase their outreach in a sustainable manner.

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