The purpose of this paper is to examine whether social and/or cultural obstacles faced by African female farmers diminish their accessibility to lending opportunities provided by a commercial microfinance institution; and affect their repayment performance.
The underlying data set is comprised of information regarding 9,710 farmers from Madagascar and was provided by the AccèsBanque Madagascar. Logit and Tobit models are applied to determine gender effects on loan accessibility and repayment performance, respectively.
Even though female farmers are associated with a lower repayment performance, they have a higher rate of loan application approval compared to male farmers.
The results are limited to Madagascar and other African countries with similar socio-economic conditions.
Commercial microfinance institutions still provide access to credit for disadvantaged groups, such as female farmers.
To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study investigating gender-specific credit access and repayment performance of rural African farmers using a data set from a commercial microfinance institution without a social mission for females.
The authors would like to thank Dr Ron Weber from KfW for providing the data and support as well as two anonymous referees and Dr Calum Turvey for helpful comments and suggestions. The authors further gratefully acknowledge financial support from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Sarwosri, A., Römer, U. and Musshoff, O. (2016), "Are African female farmers disadvantaged on the microfinance lending market?", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 76 No. 4, pp. 477-493. https://doi.org/10.1108/AFR-02-2016-0012Download as .RIS
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