Brazil is an agricultural powerhouse, but up to 80 per cent of the farms are small, family-run businesses, and a significant number are struggling. High interest rates, an outdated, over-complicated credit system, and a lack of bank branches in rural areas have led to a loans crisis for those most in need. The private sector is filling some of the holes, but critics say much more needs to be done.
With the move to more sustainable agriculture practices becoming increasingly urgent, a new blended finance fund is helping small-scale farmers in rural China transition to lucrative and environmentally friendly chilli pepper farming.
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