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New Directions in China's Agricultural Lending

by Fred Gale and Robert Collender

Outlook No. (WRS-0601) 22 pp, January 2006

China has substantially boosted lending to farmers and agribusinesses in recent years. The balance of loans to farmers doubled between 2001 and 2005. Loans for agribusinesses and rural infrastructure rose as well. Rural credit cooperatives and banks that lend to agriculture are being reformed and commercialized but agricultural lending is still largely policy-driven. The boost in farm lending is one of several policy initiatives to aid farmers.

Keywords: China, agricultural, loans, rural, finance, banks, credit cooperatives, investment, policy, farms, farmers, micro loans

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Last updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

For more information contact: Fred Gale and Robert Collender