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By Robin Shulman

Big apple, the town of cash, glass, and urban, appears like no form of position to supply food. Yet during this clever, humorous, and wonderfully written ebook, Robin Shulman areas today's city nutrients creation within the context of thousands of years of historical past, tracing the altering methods we are living and devour. As Shulman tells the tale of latest York's skill to feed humans, she additionally indicates the issues we've constantly longed for within the towns that we build: closer human connections and a feeling of whatever pure.

Food, after all, is ready hunger—but it's additionally approximately neighborhood. With humor and perception, Eat town shows how, in locations like ny, humans have continuously discovered how you can use their collective starvation to construct their very own form of urban.

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1. High risk of agricultural industry causes high credit risk Because agricultural output depends on the growth of plants and animals and heavily relay on natural environment, which is the nature of agricultural industry, this nature determines that agriculture is a high-risk industry. Moreover, agricultural producers are generally threatened by both natural disaster risk and economic risks (such as market variables). Farmers are very vulnerable to the shock of high frequency natural disasters occurrence and violent market price fluctuations which seem to be alternative-when natural disaster occurs, the decrease of production elevates the price and vice versa, the harvest and excessive supply may hold down the price, therefore their income are unstable and unpredictable.

Especially after 2005, the central financial regulators have introduced a series of policies and measures to stimulate the development of rural finance, including establishing commercial microcredit pilots, lowering the microcredit entrance threshold, etc. In the past, microcredit institutions were operated mainly by governmental financial institutions and the loans were via discount-interest loans from governmental budget, but now the operators of microcredit are diversified: including Rural Credit Cooperatives (RCCs), Post Saving Bank of China (PSBC), and other new private institutions built after the polices of releasing regulation such as rural commercial banks and thousands of private microcredit companies all around China.

First is that agricultural industry is a high risk industry. Farmers are rather vulnerable in face of the shock of natural disasters and fierce market price fluctuations both of which happen quite frequently, thus, their incomes are unpredictable and unstable. Another reason is that farmers in China lack of collaterals, (lands and houses are not accepted as collaterals to obtain loans). These two reasons restrain financial organizations’ incentives to offer loans to farmers and bring huge difficulties to risk management of microcredit.

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