Azerbaijan: Avrora COVID-19 Staple Food Supply Chain Support Project

Nonsovereign Project | 54376-001

The project will provide essential liquidity support to Avrora LLC to sustain its operations and the livelihoods of over 2600 employees while supplying essential food to the masses during the COVID-19 crisis. The project will support gender inclusion and contribute to food security with the production and distribution of wheat and dairy products, through this period of unprecedent health, economic and social crisis.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Noorullah

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  • Approval Date
    22 June 2021
  • Country/Economy
    Azerbaijan
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Avrora COVID-19 Staple Food Supply Chain Support Project
Project Number 54376-001
Borrower / Company Avrora LLC
Country / Economy Azerbaijan
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
4080 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 5.90 million Committed
Strategic Agendas 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
Responsible ADB Division
Responsible ADB Officer Noorullah
Project Sponsor(s)
Description The project will provide essential liquidity support to Avrora LLC to sustain its operations and the livelihoods of over 2600 employees while supplying essential food to the masses during the COVID-19 crisis. The project will support gender inclusion and contribute to food security with the production and distribution of wheat and dairy products, through this period of unprecedent health, economic and social crisis.
Objectives and Scope The project will provide liquidity to Avrora to support its growth and the livelihoods of over 2,600 employees, 1,500 farmers and farm workers, and over 12,000 retailers (mostly family-run rural shops) during the COVID-19 crisis. ADB will help strengthen Avrora's corporate governance under an agreed action plan. The project will also support greater gender inclusion in the workforce.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is aligned with Strategy 2030, which calls for ADB to scale up its financing for agribusiness. The project is also aligned with Operational Plan for Private Sector Operations, 2019 to 2024, which identifies food brands and food retail as a priority segment because of their potential to drive and structure upstream subsectors. The project is consistent with the Strategy 2030's Operational Plan for Priority 1 which calls for generating quality jobs, and Operational Plan for Priority 5, which calls for the production of safe, nutritious, and affordable food. It is also aligned with Strategy 2030's Operational Plan for Priority 2, which seeks to expand operations in support of agribusiness value chains whereby women's jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities will be enhanced in higher value-generating activities. In addition, it is also aligned with Pillar 2 (regional trade and investment) of the Operational Plan for Priority 7 and supports CAREC 2030 in its Operational Cluster D by promoting regional trade in agriculture as Avrora has cross-border trade links with several regional countries.

The project is aligned with ADB's $20 billion COVID-19 response package whereby ADB's Private Sector Operations Department has focused on providing working capital and operation expenditure financing to support continuity of operations of financially strong companies that are facing temporary liquidity issues due to the pandemic. ADB has also been supporting Azerbaijan's Food Safety Agency (AFSA) in strengthening food safety standards in agricultural value chains through its regional KSTA Strengthening International Food Safety Standards in Agricultural Value Chains.

Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), ADB has categorized the investment as category C for environment.
Involuntary Resettlement In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), ADB has categorized the investment as category C for involuntary resettlement.
Indigenous Peoples In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), ADB has categorized the investment as category C for indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 11 Sep 2020
Credit Committee Meeting 12 May 2021
Approval 22 Jun 2021
Last PDS Update 02 Jun 2022

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Title Document Type Document Date
Avrora COVID-19 Staple Food Supply Chain Support Project: FAST Report Faster Approach to Small Nonsovereign Transactions Jun 2021
Avrora COVID-19 Staple Food Supply Chain Support Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Apr 2021

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