Expert Consultation with Financial Service Providers: Understanding the sustainability issues agricultural producers need to consider to be investment-ready and access finance

Author: Francesca Nugnes and Cristina Larrea

The agricultural sector faces significant challenges relating to climate change, given the importance of agriculture as a sector that generates carbon emissions but is also significantly affected by their impacts. Agricultural producers, for their part, are unable to achieve their full growth potential, given the challenges they face in access to finance, which is largely related to the risks that Financial Service Providers (FSPs) associate with such investments.

This report takes the challenge of analyzing access to finance from a specific angle: that of the importance that investors assign to sustainability criteria when assessing financial requests from agricultural producers of developing countries. This study is based on an expert consultation with 51 FSPs carried out by IISD during spring/summer 2019.

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