FARM CREDIT POLICY IN THE EARLY STAGES OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

This paper discusses the farm credit policies pursued by governments in low-income countries. It is argued that, in the early stages of development, peasant attitudes to debt are such that cheap credit is unlikely to be a useful growth stimulus. It is shown that the effectiveness of credit depends on the ability and willingness of the peasants to devote such additional funds to productive uses. The poor performance of many government rural credit programmes in low-income countries is discussed and criteria for a successful programme are presented.


Issue Date:
1968-06
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/22689
Published in:
Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 12, Number 1
Page range:
32-45
Total Pages:
14




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