Development Economics - Can new lenders save Brazil’s struggling farmers?
This FT video clip looks at the rise of Brazil as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as the fact that small-scale farms - which represent 80% of all farms, and produce 23% of output - might be missing out.
They only receive 14% of all investment in the sector, and this means that they are under-represented in this regard, imperilling them.
The clip looks at how the private sector has stepped in to support them in the absence of the proper support from the financial sector.
Even so, this lack of appropriate investment has increased inequality and increased poverty.