Agriculture and Finance
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The agricultural and financial sectors have long intersected with one another in various interrelated forms. These include financing for agricultural production, financial backing for trades on agricultural commodity exchanges, as well as financial investment in agriculture-based derivatives. Within each of these forms of financial sector interaction with the agricultural sector, the roles of states and private financial investors have shifted over time. Governments have created institutions to financially support farmers, and have put in place regulations to reign in “excessive” speculation and to limit financial actors’ influence over agricultural commodity markets. In the last few decades, however, governments have removed many of the protections and institutions that supported farmers and relaxed regulations on financial actors. Today, the balance seems to...
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