Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2012 (Revised October 2012)

Against the Grain: Jim Teague in Tanzania (A)

by Karthik Ramanna

Abstract

Loan officer Jim Teague discovers his agro-processor client has a serious health-code violation just days before a disbursement is due. Proceeding with the loan could jeopardize the health of thousands of customers and put his employer at serious risk. But withholding the loan will likely deprive hundreds of farmers affiliated with the agro-processor their livelihoods in this poor rural corner of Tanzania.

Keywords: Agribusiness; Financing and Loans; Health; Risk Management; Developing Countries and Economies; Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry; Tanzania;

Citation:

Ramanna, Karthik. "Against the Grain: Jim Teague in Tanzania (A)." Harvard Business School Case 112-069, March 2012. (Revised October 2012.)