Credit programme for rural development and poverty alleviation in Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

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The overall goal of rural development is to improve the well-being of the rural poor. To achieve this, policies and strategies have been designed to increase the productivity and incomes of the rural population, create greater employment and income generating opportunities, provide greater access to basic goods and services and to extend the benefits of development to the rural poor. Credit has been one of the programmes for removing constraints to agriculture and rural development. This paper reviews credit problems among rural producers in Malaysia, assesses credit programmes and discusses the problems, constraints and impact of selected credit programmes on poverty eradication. In assessing the impact, particular emphasis is given to the Ikhtiar project, a benevolent loan scheme to the very poor. This paper argues that although there are sufficient credit schemes for agricultural and rural development, they are mainly for commercialized farming, catering for plantations, land development, agribusiness and commercial agricultural enterprises, in line with the emphasis of the National Agricultural Policy. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-64
Number of pages30
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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