Regional: Louis Dreyfus COVID-19 Climate-Resilient Smallholder Farmer Recovery Project

Nonsovereign Project | 53298-001

Senior unsecured 3-year USD bullet loan of $100 million to finance LDC's working capital needs in Asia for the sustainable procurement of coffee, cotton, and rice. The transaction will preserve the livelihood and climate resilience of [60,000] smallholder farmers affected by COVID-19 in the five project countries. A complementing TA (funded by trust funds) will establish 80 farmer groups and train 160 farmer group educators with an aim to help farmers obtain sustainability certifications.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Nath, Kiron
    Private Sector Operations Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    13 December 2021
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Louis Dreyfus COVID-19 Climate-Resilient Smallholder Farmer Recovery Project
Project Number 53298-001
Borrower / Company Louis Dreyfus Company Asia Private Limited
Louis Dreyfus Company B.V.
Country / Economy Regional
India
Indonesia
Pakistan
Thailand
Viet Nam
Location India - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
4165 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 100.00 million Committed
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Nath, Kiron
Project Sponsor(s)
Description Senior unsecured 3-year USD bullet loan of $100 million to finance LDC's working capital needs in Asia for the sustainable procurement of coffee, cotton, and rice. The transaction will preserve the livelihood and climate resilience of [60,000] smallholder farmers affected by COVID-19 in the five project countries. A complementing TA (funded by trust funds) will establish 80 farmer groups and train 160 farmer group educators with an aim to help farmers obtain sustainability certifications.
Objectives and Scope The project will provide working capital financing to LDC for the procurement of crops in India (coffee, cotton, and rice); Indonesia (coffee); Pakistan (cotton and rice); Thailand (rice); and Viet Nam (coffee and rice). LDC's continued operations in the project countries will help keep food supply chains secure and functioning and mitigate the pandemic's ongoing impact on vulnerable groupsparticularly for more than 50,000 smallholder farmers that supply to LDC in the project countries. By ensuring reliable offtake to farmers, the project will help preserve their livelihoods. The project enables LDC to continue to leverage its significant warehouse network to hold inventory, thereby offsetting the impact of supply chain disruptions.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is consistent with ADBs Strategy 2030s operational plans for priority 1 by preserving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic; priority 2 through gender interventions targeted at women workers and farmers; priority 3 by promoting the climate resilience of farmers; and priority 5, which calls for the integration of farmers, agribusinesses, and consumers into efficient and sustainable value chains. As a regional project, it is consistent with the operational plan for priority 7 as it supports nonsovereign lending for cross-border operations for agriculture value chains. The project is consistent with ADBs country partnership strategies for India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The project is aligned with the Operational Plan for Private Sector Operations, 20192024, which calls for working with tier 1 agribusiness companies given their potential to have a widespread impact. The project supports ADB's agriculture-related strategies and action plans of subregional programs. The project is part of ADB's Comprehensive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects ADB has categorized the investment in compliance with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) as category C for environment. The loan will support working capital needs of the Borrower for the procurement of coffee, cotton, and rice, primarily through aggregators in the project countries. Given the use of proceeds, the project is anticipated to have minimal environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement ADB has categorized the investment in compliance with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) as category C for involuntary resettlement. ADB funding will not be used to acquire land or for any activity that may result in involuntary resettlement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples ADB has categorized the investment in compliance with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) as category C for indigenous peoples. LDC, in principle, does not source goods from indigenous land and has set out practices to avoid impact on indigenous peoples in its supply chain.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation LDC engages with various aggregators in its supply chains, such as individuals, cooperatives, and companies. LDC also uses non-governmental organization (NGO) information portals to identify potential issues and regularly interacts with NGOs to obtain inputs on possible non-compliances with LDC's sustainability commitments and principles.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance -
Credit Committee Meeting -
Approval 13 Dec 2021
Last PDS Update 27 Dec 2022

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