How Islamic finance can support development in agriculture

Demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050 and annually $ 80 billion investment is needed to meet the future demand according to the estimates of World Bank. Middle- class population from developing country has led to the increasing demand for higher value foods such as fish, meat, and dairy products. Overall, the demand for higher value foods going to increase in next three decades which can result in increased in investment for agriculture. Agriculture is one an important source of income for the people living in rural area of developing countries. The major challenges faced by the farmers are lack of access to finance their agricultural production. Financial institutions don’t want risk themselves by investing in agricultural production and business due to their inherent risks and lower returns. Farmers are less fortunate to get loans compared to the business and industries.

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