Agribusiness & Forestry
Agribusiness is a strategic priority for IFC because of the sector’s broad development impact and strong role in poverty reduction. The agricultural sector often accounts for half of GDP and employment in many developing countries.
IFC helps the private sector address higher demand and escalating food prices in an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive way. We support global initiatives for sustainable production of agricultural commodities. To help clients finance seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, inventories, and fuel for farmers, IFC offers working-capital facilities. To facilitate trade and lower costs, we pursue investments in infrastructure, such as warehouses and cold-storage facilities. We work to bring land into sustainable production and improve productivity through transferring technologies.
IFC helps companies set benchmarks for responsible production, in line with industry best practices. In areas such as sequestering carbon, managing watersheds, preserving biodiversity, and producing renewable energy resources, IFC can help generate new income through environmental services.