Sustainability Certification Dramatically Improves Smallholder Farms’ Access to Credit, New Study Finds
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
PRESS RELEASE: Smallholder farmers suffer from a lack of credit access, but sustainability certification can help change that, according to a new study published by the Rainforest Alliance and funded by the Citi Foundation.
To better understand smallholder farmers’ issues concerning financial administration and credit access and to better inform technical assistance packages, the study, entitled “Farmer Bankability and Sustainable Finance: Farm-level Metrics that Matter,” conducted in-depth surveys of 110 smallholder coffee and cocoa producers in Colombia and Peru, 63 of which are Rainforest Alliance Certified™. It also solicited feedback from international social finance and metric organizations as well as local, in-country financial institutions on their experience of lending to farmers.