Bank lending to agriculture in a small developing country

Azmat Gani, Frank Scrimgeour

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Abstract

This paper explores bank lending to agriculture in Fiji, a small developing country. It examines bank lending by bank type-commercial bank lending and lending by the Fiji Development Bank (FDB), a non-commercial bank. The findings reveal the importance of both banking types as well as a significant drop in lending since 1993, despite the need to fund the agricultural sector to boost food production activities. Interest rates, government spending and food production strongly determine FDB lending to agriculture. The availability of arable land has a negative and significant effect on FDB lending to agriculture. The results show commercial banks are performing a slightly different role in the agricultural sector than the Fiji Development Bank; they appear to be unresponsive to economic variables that the FDB is responsive to.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-412
Number of pages20
JournalPerspectives on Global Development and Technology
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 25 2015

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Keywords

  • Banks
  • Fiji
  • Food
  • Land
  • Lending

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Bank lending to agriculture in a small developing country. / Gani, Azmat; Scrimgeour, Frank.

In: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Vol. 14, No. 4, 25.05.2015, p. 393-412.

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