The Role of Cooperatives in Rural Credit: Cooperative credit grows during the economic crisis and supports the inclusion of small-scale producers

Cooperative credit is currently an option in close to 2500 municipalities in Brazil, with an specially large presence in the countryside areas. Although it is distributed unevenly throughout the country, cooperative credit helps compensate for the scarcity of financial institutions in some regions and assists in fulfilling requirements in the application of rural credit resources. This brief aims to analyze cooperatives’ participation in rural credit, addressing both recent developments and potential challenges.