11-12-2012 08:40 AM | USA

Catalyzing smallholder agricultural finance

The world’s 450 million smallholder farmers represent a large — and largely unmet — opportunity for agricultural financing. As population growth and rising incomes create unprecedented demand for food, multinational companies increasingly rely on smallholders to secure their supply of agricultural commodities.

In response to consumer preferences for ethical and sustainable sourcing, traceability, and quality, companies have also made bold sustainability commitments that implicate smallholder value chains.
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