24 May Working Paper: Financing Indonesia’s Independent Smallholders
This report focuses on the prospects of providing green finance to independent smallholders in Indonesia’s agricultural sector, especially those in oil palm. It begins by considering why independent smallholders are important and some of the key challenges they face. Benefits of financing independent smallholders are then considered, together with the components that can build towards a successful agricultural smallholder financing project. Examples are taken from a selection of existing smallholder financing projects to show how these can be implemented. We then survey some key initiatives that are emerging in different agricultural products, before concluding with suggestions for the next steps that should be considered to move forward on this issue.