FIELD Brief 11: Exploring the Linkages between Food Security and Microfinance

  • Date Posted: April 26, 2011
  • Authors: Paul Hamlin
  • Organizations/Projects: FINCA International
  • Document Types: Evidence or Research, Primer or Brief
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

Food insecurity, its relationship to poverty, and the potential impact of microfinance was the basis for FINCA’s recent field study under the FIELD-Support LWA that explored the connections between food security and access to finance in Zambia and Guatemala. FINCA partnered with TANGO International, a development and livelihoods technical assistance organization, to conduct a year-long study which sought to understand the linkages between access to microfinance and the potential for enhanced dietary diversity dimensions of food security.

This FIELD Brief presents the findings of the study, and lays the groundwork for FINCA’s expanded outreach to rural areas where agriculture is the primary economic activity and food insecurity is most prevalent.

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