Agricultural Finance for Climate Resilience

This white paper summarizes how segments of U.S. agricultural and agribusiness finance could modify their policies and financial products to adapt to climate change in their own operations. Making agriculture finance climate resilient will enable farmers, ranchers and other clients to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) which have a global warming effect that drives extreme weather events. Climate-resilient finance will help farmers and ranchers adapt their operations and production practices to climate change trends over the short, medium and long term. This paper explores reforms in five segments of finance related to agriculture and agribusiness: crop and livestock insurance; loans; bonds to finance agricultural lending; agricultural price bench marking commodity futures markets; and agribusiness financial disclosures to investors.

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