Land credit for the rural poor: Review of some experiences
Access to natural resources, land and water has always been a premise in development strategies for the rural poor. One of the main bottlenecks when dealing with land access for this population group is credit for land. While there are some successful experiences in rural credit for the poor (e.g. the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh), it is more difficult to find successful experiences when dealing with credit for land purchase. In this article, relevant literature on rural markets as well as experiences of land funding programs are reviewed in order to identify the main factors/features that may account for a sustainable credit program for the rural poor. The cases analyzed here refer to experiences in Latin America, therefore, the scope of the study focuses on this region.