PN 2016-15How to Improve Smallholders' Access to Formal Credit: Lessons from the Agrarian Production Credit Program
Llanto, Gilberto M., Geron, Ma. Piedad S., Badiola, Jocelyn R.

The Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) is a credit program for smallholders designed and implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform to provide smallholders with access to formal sources of credit. Under the APCP, documentary requirements for accessing credit have been streamlined to meet the level of financial education and literacy of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). This Policy Note reviews APCP's capacity to effectively address ARBs' problem with accessing formal sources of credit. Some lessons have emerged. APCP has provided credit to ARBs and agrarian reform beneficiaries' organizations, but loan repayment, not just provision of credit, should be equally emphasized to sustain the program. Smallholders need whole-of-government support that includes investments in rural infrastructure and communication, more effective extension services, and access to modern farming technologies and innovations to address binding constraints to productivity and growth.

keywords:Philippines, agrarian reform beneficiaries, smallholders, credit program, Department of Agrarian Reform, Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP)
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