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Zia ud Din , Malik , 2011. Microfinance Services for rural agriculture in Pakistan and Bangladesh : A cross-national comparative study of Microfinance services for rural agriculture in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Abstract

Microfinance is becoming a tool of poverty reduction in Pakistan and Bangladesh, given the high rates of poverty in these countries. Poverty is greater in the rural agricultural sector where peoples’ livelihood is dependent on agricultural activities. Furthermore, the agricultural sector in the two countries is still underdeveloped. This study examines the role of agricultural microfinance services and products to assess whether microfinance is contributing to rural agriculture and rural development in Pakistan and Bangladesh, where a majority of the populations are located and their livelihood dependent on agriculture. Accordingly, the study examines rural agricultural needs and demands in the two countries and the role of microfinance in addressing them. Mostly based on secondary data sources, the study compares the two countries along certain indicators generated by the framework developed. This framework integrates the concepts of rural agriculture, rural development, poverty reduction and microfinance, which serves as the analytical toolkit. The study shows that the two countries share similar characteristics in terms of rural agriculture, rural development and even needs of this sector. The analysis of specific indicators reveals differences between the two countries in terms of microfinance outreach. One of the conclusions is that microfinance is more developed and extensive in rural outreach in Bangladesh than in Pakistan.

Main title:Microfinance Services for rural agriculture in Pakistan and Bangladesh
Subtitle:A cross-national comparative study of Microfinance services for rural agriculture in Pakistan and Bangladesh
Authors:Zia ud Din , Malik
Supervisor:Malaki , Akhil
Examiner:Bartholdson, Orjan
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Microfinance, Rural , Agriculture, Pakistan , Bangladesh
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-737
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-737
Subjects:Investment, finance and credit
Rural sociology and social security
Rural population
Language:English
Deposited On:11 Nov 2011 12:42
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:23

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