Bank Lending to Agriculture in a Small Developing Country

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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.

Bank Lending to Agriculture in a Small Developing Country

in Perspectives on Global Development and Technology

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    Long-term trends in Fiji’s food production.

    source of data for figure 1: world bank (2008).

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    Assets of commercial banks in 2009.

    source of data for figure 2: reserve bank of fiji (2009).

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    Commercial banks’ net profits after tax and extraordinary items.

    source of data for figure 3: reserve bank of fiji (2009).

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    Sectoral lending by commercial banks, 2000 and 2009.

    source of data for figure 4: reserve bank of fiji (2009).

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    Commercial bank lending to food, beverage and tobacco production.

    source of data for figure 5: reserve bank of fiji (2012).

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    Sectoral lending by the Fiji Development Bank, 2000 and 2009.

    source of data for figure 6: reserve bank of fiji (december, 2009).

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    Trends in commercial and Fiji Development Bank lending to agriculture.

    source of data for figure 7: reserve bank of fiji (2009).

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