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RJOAS: Russian Journal of Agricultural and Socio-Economic Sciences

ISSN 2226-1184 (Online)

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ISSUE 5(29), May 2014

Pages 3-13

Title
THE ROLE OF MICROFINANCE IN RIGHT-BASED APPROACH TO FOOD IN AFRICA

Author(s)
Mago Stephen, Mutami Cephas

Organization(s)
Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Key Words
Microfinance; Rights-based approach; Food security; Right to food; Right to credit.

Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of microfinance to food security using the lens of the Right-Based Approach to food. The paper adopts a qualitative research methodology, following an exploratory research design. The research findings show that microfinance has a positive contribution towards rights to food and food security. However, in other African contexts, microfinance worsening the status of the poor. It was thus established that proper management of microfinance programs is likely to bring more benefits than problems. Making the ‘right to food’ and the ‘right to credit’ aspects of human rights will strengthen the productive systems of food to ensure sustainable supplies for effective food security mechanisms. The paper recommends that the linkage between microfinance and food rights be escalated to policy level discussions. Policies that promote a combination of the two rights need to be developed.

CrossRef DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.18551/rjoas.2014-05.01

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