Princess Mxima: give small farmers access to financial services

4th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Princess Máxima of the Netherlands says small farmers around the world should have access to financial services. She was addressing an international conference on agriculture, food security and climate change in The Hague.

The princess compared the financial sector in which everyone can participate with a road network. "It is infrastructure that everyone depends on."

She said it was not possible to build up a good financial sector in the same way everywhere, there had to be tailored solutions.

"Financial services are means to an end" Princess Máxima added, "so the right products have to be developed to support sustainable agriculture." By way of example, she suggested that farmers could pay off their loans after harvest, rather than in monthly instalments. © Radio Netherlands Worldwide


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