Santander Rolls Out Loans Backed by Grain-linked Tokens
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Spanish financial giant Santander plans to offer new loans in Argentina collateralized with tokenized commodities. According to a blog post, the bank has already offered local farmers loans collateralized with tokens based on agricultural commodities.

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Fernando Bautista, Head of Agribusiness at Santander Argentina, said this is the first time a financial services platform has used blockchain technology and crypto assets to "expand the agricultural credit market and unlock farmers' business potential." It is assumed that the so-called project Agrotoken will distribute agricultural tokens between 1,000 Argentine farmers over the next six months. Santander plans to offer the tokens-backed loans in Brazil this summer, and in the US in late 2022.

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