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Innovative Microfinancing for an Integrated Approach to Sustainable Agriculture

The microfinance industry is ever-booming – with a registered growth of around 39% on a year-on-year basis according to data released by the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)[1]. This is largely accounted for by technical or social innovative practices that have emerged along the way to ensure the sustainability of both Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and its…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Transforming Challenges to Opportunities in The Natural Rubber Industry

Rubber growers in the world are facing big difficulty due to low price declined since 2012 up to now. Consumers of natural rubber have got higher benefits at the beginning period of low price for raw material, but currently, they also face the tense competition of others to produce rubber products with lower cost. In…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

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Leveraging Ethical Business in Organic and Sustainable Rice Products

Introduction The past decades saw a remarkable growth of the organic food market. Its value on the world market is expected to soar to $262.85 billion by 2022. Consumers now demand more transparency on food safety and on their food choices, wanting the story behind the food they buy. Organic and SRP rice require tedious…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

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The Role of Satellite Data in Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability

Due to the increasing global awareness of poor agricultural practices in supply chains, many large commodity traders are increasingly making efforts to make their supply chains more sustainable. Transparency and traceability are quickly becoming cornerstones in the development of effective supply chain management strategies. Geodata, and especially satellite data-driven solutions help in making supply chains…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Dwindling Rubber Prices Jeopardize the Future of Rubber Industry

The Falling Rubber Prices The natural rubber industry is currently being plagued by low rubber prices. The effects of low natural rubber prices are acutely felt by and unfairly apportioned to upstream smallholder farmers who are paradoxically the fulcrum of the natural rubber value chain. There are millions of smallholder farmers who are critical stakeholders…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

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Palm Oil: The Controversial Agricultural Commodity

Is Palm Oil Truly Destructive to The Environment? Palm Oil has been a magnet for NGO activitism particularly with respect to deforestation and biodiversity/habitat loss. There has been so much unsubstantiated information in the public sphere that paints a negative picture to the industry. Currently, there are no other crops in the world that has…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

An Overview of Sugar Industry Development in Vietnam

Before 1995, the sugar production sector was operating with only 9 mills and 2 refineries. In early 1995, the Vietnamese government saw opportunities in the sugar sector, and rolled out the one-million-tonne sugar program. Per its name suggest, the objective was to produce one million tons of sugar by year 2000 to meet the supply…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Climate Change Is A Brewing Challenge for Coffee Producers – An Interview with Judith Ganes

What is The Competitive Landscape Of Coffee Farming? The belief that it is the middleman that gets squeezed could not be truer when it comes to coffee farming and the production outlook.  This is noted on the local level and then in turn, is reflected in country statistics, showing the extreme challenges, mid-size coffee growers…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

Agribusiness

Agricultural Financing and Its Challenges

Increasing Demand for Agricultural Commodities In East Asia and the Pacific, the agricultural sector contributes in average 10% to 18% of the GDP, and 40% to 50% of the employment. In the last 10 years, economic development has reduced poverty significantly, with an important increase of the middle class. Growing population and the emergence of…

28 Nov 2018, by IBC Asia Insights

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