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Does warehouse receipt financing benefit Ghanaian smallholders?


  • Miranda, Mario
  • Mulangu, Francis
  • Kemeze, Francis H.
  • Kolavalli, Shashi L.


In practice, however, warehouse receipt financing has generally failed to deliver the benefits to smallholders hoped for by development economists and practitioners. In Ghana, and more generally throughout Africa, warehouse receipt financing is currently used almost exclusively by large traders, processors, and exporters. In this brief, we explore reasons why smallholders have shunned warehouse receipt financing and discuss policy prescriptions that could make warehouse receipt financing more accessible and beneficial to them.

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  • Miranda, Mario & Mulangu, Francis & Kemeze, Francis H. & Kolavalli, Shashi L., 2018. "Does warehouse receipt financing benefit Ghanaian smallholders?," GSSP policy notes 13, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:gssppn:13

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    1. Miranda, Mario J. & Mulangu, Francis M. & Kemeze, Francis H., 2019. "Warehouse Receipt Financing for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Short on Logic, Long on Imagination," 2019 Annual Meeting, July 21-23, Atlanta, Georgia 291012, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Mario J. Miranda & Francis M. Mulangu & Francis H. Kemeze, 2019. "Warehouse receipt financing for smallholders in developing countries: Challenges and limitations," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 50(5), pages 629-641, September.
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