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The use of warehouse receipt finance in agriculture in transition countries

Date of publication: 1 October 2009

This paper discusses the state of warehouse receipt finance in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and possibilities for enhancing its use. It describes legal and regulatory issues that need to be resolved, and how the international community can help in the process.

Postharvest credit in the form of warehouse receipt...


Kazakhstan: Technical assistance to the sunflower seed sector

Date of publication: 1 September 2009

Sunflower oil is by far the major vegetable oil consumed in Kazakhstan. The growing consumer demand has been largely met by imports rather than local production. From 2005 to 2007, the EBRD provided loans totalling USD 26 million to Turkuaz Edible Oil Industries, a subsidiary of Savola Group, to develop...


International grain reserves and other instruments to address volatility in grain markets

Date of publication: 1 September 2009

In view of the controversies surrounding the topic of grain stocks and other instruments to reduce price volatility in food commodity markets, and at the request of the Organizing Committee of the World Grain Forum 2009, the three sponsoring committees, The World Bank (WB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of...


Russian Federation: Analysis of the agribusiness sector in Southern Russia

Date of publication: 1 January 2009

This Study was commissioned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and carried out by the Investment Centre Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), under its cooperation with the EBRD. Its objective was to assess the remaining transition challenges affecting the development...


Evolution and Impact of EU regional and rural policy

Date of publication: 10 September 2008

This working paper discusses the development of rural and regional policies in the European Union, particularly regarding how they have integrated evolving concepts related to economic theories of growth and endogenous development. Although the EU is based mainly on market integration and the harmonization of standards and regulations, its Member...