From farm to fork, our work impacts every aspect of the food value chain. The Bank’s activities are far-reaching, from farming to processing to packaging, trading to logistics, distribution and retail.
The EBRD capitalizes on its stable shareholder base and AAA credit rating, strong sector and country expertise, as well as on the ground presence in all of its markets, to offer a broad range of financing solutions. We offer financing instruments across the capital structure, which are individually tailored, to meet the changing needs of our clients in our countries of operation.
The EBRD offers various forms of financing, including tailored long-term loans, working capital loans, commodity finance, equity, guarantees and multi-project facilities. Each is individually designed to meet the changing needs of agribusiness companies across the region. We also participate in debt and equity capital market issuances.
We strive to be a long-term partner to the private sector and recognize that sustainable impact requires more than just financing. To that end, the Bank mobilizes a full spectrum of advisory and technical assistance before, during, and after our investments, to ensure that agribusiness companies we work with have the expertise and resources to grow.
Recognizing that agribusiness companies face an interlocking array of both opportunities as well as challenges in the region where we invest, the EBRD launched its new strategy for the sector covering the period from 2019 to 2023. The strategy commits the Bank to supporting a food future that is innovative, sustainable and responsible.
Food for the Future
EBRD film focuses on sustainable food production, a necessity for our common future. How can we best balance the need for nutritious and affordable food and the need to protect the environment?
Our activities promote higher efficiencies, support to value-added production, and improved business conduct and standards in the private sector. We strive to identify opportunities to strengthen market links by focusing on value chain integration and supporting companies with cross-border operations. Investing in sustainable production along the value chain aims to secure a diverse and resource-efficient food supply, with a smaller environmental footprint.
EBRD becomes shareholder in one of Europe’s largest organic agricultural producers, Auga Group
The EBRD became a shareholder in AB Auga Group, a vertically integrated organic-food producer based in Lithuania. As part of a successful public equity offering, Auga Group sold shares for a total amount of €36 million and the EBRD invested €9 million to acquire an 8.7 per cent stake in the company. The firm plans to invest the new funds to unlock synergies across its farming activities and diversify its product range by expanding into poultry farms, building modern dairy farms, a combined feedstock production plant and a biogas production plant, as well as moving up into value-added production by increasing its packaged organic products.