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Azerbaijan: Improve Financial Service Outreach for Agriculture - Finca Azerbaijan

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 49137-001 Status: Dropped / Terminated

An A-loan of up to $20,000,000 or its AZN equivalent to Finca Azerbaijan (FIA), and a proposed B-loan of up to $5,000,000 to FIA to be funded by participating commercial banks, to support farm investments and working capital and enterprises operating in the agriculture value chain in Azerbaijan. ADB funding will improve rural income generation and livelihood in Azerbaijan. With only 16% of credit flowing to Azerbaijans regions, and only 5% to agriculture, finance is largely unavailable in rural Azerbaijan. Agriculture is fragmented into 1.2 million small farms employing 38% of the working population and contributing only 6.2% to GDP (2013). However, agriculture witnessed robust growth of 4% p.a. over the past decade and has substantial growth potential to meet growing domestic and import demand for food (fruits, vegetables and dairy products). Farms and MSMEs are the most important source for employment and income generation in the regions.

Project Details

Project Officer
Flegler, Paul Robert Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • Azerbaijan
Sector
  • Finance
 
Project Name Improve Financial Service Outreach for Agriculture - Finca Azerbaijan
Project Number 49137-001
Borrower/Company Finca Azerbaijan
Country Azerbaijan
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
3254 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 20.00 million Cancelled
71 B-Loan Other Commercial Banks USD 5.00 million Cancelled
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Banking systems and nonbank financial institutions

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Private Sector Financial Institutions Division
Responsible ADB Officer Flegler, Paul Robert
Project Sponsor(s)
Description An A-loan of up to $20,000,000 or its AZN equivalent to Finca Azerbaijan (FIA), and a proposed B-loan of up to $5,000,000 to FIA to be funded by participating commercial banks, to support farm investments and working capital and enterprises operating in the agriculture value chain in Azerbaijan. ADB funding will improve rural income generation and livelihood in Azerbaijan. With only 16% of credit flowing to Azerbaijans regions, and only 5% to agriculture, finance is largely unavailable in rural Azerbaijan. Agriculture is fragmented into 1.2 million small farms employing 38% of the working population and contributing only 6.2% to GDP (2013). However, agriculture witnessed robust growth of 4% p.a. over the past decade and has substantial growth potential to meet growing domestic and import demand for food (fruits, vegetables and dairy products). Farms and MSMEs are the most important source for employment and income generation in the regions. Lack of funding is one of the main reasons limiting their growth.
Objectives and Scope The expected outcome is improved ability of FIA to provide financial services to farmers, and agriculture MSMEs.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The loans will reach agriculture MSMEs and farmers, providing longer tenors for their investments. This is consistent with government and ADB strategy to promote private non-oil activities.
Safeguard Categories
Environment FI
Involuntary Resettlement FI-C
Indigenous Peoples FI-C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects FIA will apply ADB's prohibited investment activities list; exclude subloans categorized A for environment; ensure that investments using ADB funds abide by applicable national laws and regulations, as well as ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009)
Involuntary Resettlement FIA will apply ADB's prohibited investment activities list; exclude subloans categorized A or B for involuntary resettlement; ensure that investments using ADB funds abide by applicable national laws and regulations, as well as ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009)
Indigenous Peoples FIA will apply ADB's prohibited investment activities list; exclude subloans categorized A or B for indigenous peoples; ensure that investments using ADB funds abide by applicable national laws and regulations, as well as ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009)
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation ADB team conducted several consultations with potential end-borrowers and farmers in rural Azerbaijan.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 26 Jan 2015
Credit Committee Meeting 09 Mar 2015
Approval 22 Apr 2015
Last PDS Update 28 May 2018

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