Regional: Olam Global Agri Food Security Support Project
ADB proposes to provide a loan facility of up to $80 million to Olam Global Agri Private Limited (OGA) and Olam Global Agri Treasury Private Limited (OGTPL). The loan will be guaranteed by the ultimate holding company Olam Group Limited (OGL). The use of loan proceeds will be earmarked for working capital in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Viet Nam. The facility will have a maturity of 3 years.
Private Sector Operations Department
Request for information
13 December 2022
- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Olam Global Agri Food Security Support Project|
|Borrower / Company||Olam Global Agri Private Limited
Olam Global Agri Treasury Private Limited
Olam Group Limited
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide|
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Office of the Director General, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Noorullah|
|Description||ADB proposes to provide a loan facility of up to $80 million to Olam Global Agri Private Limited (OGA) and Olam Global Agri Treasury Private Limited (OGTPL). The loan will be guaranteed by the ultimate holding company Olam Group Limited (OGL). The use of loan proceeds will be earmarked for working capital in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Viet Nam. The facility will have a maturity of 3 years.|
|Objectives and Scope||The project will support the populations in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal by increasing access to essential food staples (wheat and pulses) and thus supporting food security. In addition, the project will support the livelihoods of smallholder rice farmers in India, Pakistan, and Viet Nam by financing rice exports from these countries. Disruptions to supply chains caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine have induced a commodity supercycle leading to increased food insecurity for populations dependent on food imports and for smallholder farmers whose livelihoods are under threat due to increased input prices.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The project is aligned with ADB recently announced $14 billion initiative to support long-term food security in the Asia and Pacific region over 2022 to 2025. The project is also aligned with ADB Strategy 2030, which calls for ADB to increase financing for agribusiness and promote gender equality in at least 75% ADB committed operations (by number) by 2030._The project is aligned with the Operational Plan for Private Sector Operations, 2019 to 2024, which calls for working with tier 1 agribusinesses because of the potential widespread impact; consistent with ADB country partnership strategies for Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Viet Nam; and is aligned with the International Financial Institution Action Plan to Address Food Insecurity (goal 2), which calls for agribusiness lending for staple food working capital and liquidity.
The project is consistent with Strategy 2030 operational plans for operational priority (OP) 1: addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, by supporting smallholder farmer livelihoods; OP 2: accelerating progress in gender equality, by supporting women workers and farmers; OP 5: promoting rural development and food security, by helping to integrate farmers, agribusinesses, and consumers into efficient value chains. As a regional project supporting cross-border trade benefiting six DMCs, it is consistent with OP 7: fostering regional cooperation and integration.
|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. Annual environment and social performance reports will be submitted to ADB to monitor compliance.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||ADB has categorized the investment in compliance with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) as category C for involuntary resettlement. Annual environment and social performance reports will be submitted to ADB to monitor compliance.|
|Indigenous Peoples||ADB has categorized the investment in compliance with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) as category C for indigenous peoples. Annual environment and social performance reports will be submitted to ADB to monitor compliance.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Credit Committee Meeting||-|
|Approval||13 Dec 2022|
|Last PDS Update||13 Dec 2022|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Olam Global Agri Food Security Support: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Oct 2022|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Olam Global Agri Food Security Support Project: Environment and Social Due Diligence Report||Safeguards Due Diligence Reports||Nov 2022|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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