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IFC's Strategy in Agribusiness


Strengthening Agribusiness is a priority for IFC - because it is essential for food security and because of its development impact. 


We combine investments and advisory services to help the private sector address the world’s soaring demand for food in an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive way. 


Our approach in agribusiness is comprehensive and comprises the full value chain. 


We aim to bring land into sustainable production, improve productivity by transferring technologies and practices,
and make the best use of water and other natural resources. As urbanization continues, we work to support efficient supply chains to bring safe, affordable food to cities.


To help clients prefinance inventories, seeds, fertilizers, and chemicals for farmers, IFC offers working capital facilities. We are helping clients maintain competitiveness, upgrade sanitary and food safety standards, and expand market access.


We also pursue investments, with both private and public sectors, in infrastructure—including ports, warehouses, cold storage, and telecommunications—that can facilitate trade and reduce cost.


To reach small farmers and rural enterprises, particularly in low-income countries, IFC is working with trading companies and financial intermediaries, helping channel financing and advisory services effectively.
 

We also manage the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a multilateral fund set up to help the Group of 20 leading economies deliver on its food-security commitments. The private sector part of this fund enables IFC to reach even the smallest farmers and rural enterprises, by blending donor financing with commercial funds.


As the agribusiness sector recognizes the need to make sustainable use of land, other natural resources and to raise labor standards, we seek commercially viable solutions and help companies set benchmarks for sustainable production in line with industry best practices. In areas such as sequestering carbon, managing watersheds, preserving biodiversity, and producing renewable energy resources, IFC’s efforts can also help generate new income through improved environmental services.
 

Agriculture is inherently risky. IFC helps companies mitigate risks so their investments grow and succeed.

 

OVERVIEW OF IFC's WORK IN AGRIBUSINESS

 

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THEMES THAT DRIVE OUR AGENDA

 

WATER

Agriculture uses 70 percent of the earth’s freshwater. IFC works to optimize water use through efficient irrigation technologies and by broadening access to advanced inputs like seeds.

 

LAND

Land availability and tenure are increasingly issues as best lands have been developed. We work with companies and stakeholders to promote responsible land investment.

ANIMAL PROTEIN

Rising demand for meat and dairy come with income growth and growing middle classes. IFC seeks to mitigate the impacts of this demand across the full value chain and promote feed efficiency.

 

SMALL FARMERS

We help build more
inclusive supply chains
and partner with the
donor-funded Global
Agriculture and Food
Security Program
(GAFSP) to promote
inclusive investments.

URBANIZATION

As populations move to cities, consumers demand safe and affordable food via efficient supply chains. IFC investments contribute to improved food logistics and reduced food losses.

NUTRITION & INNOVATION

Quality of food is gaining more attention in emerging markets. IFC finances companies which improve food ingredients and develop fortified foods and drinks.

 

 

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