Finance, market and post-harvest risks are some of the key challenges of agricultural activities in the developing world. These challenges can be addressed with financing solutions tailored to the different actors of the agricultural value chain. Warehouse receipt financing enables the post-harvest part of the value chain to function more efficiently. It is also potentially useful for addressing other problems of access to finance and market.
In 2014, IFAD/AFD/CTA/PARM finalized a study on warehouse receipt financing and collateral management systems for smallholder farmers in Africa. This Volume I of the three study reports summarises the key findings from the study.