Jordan Emergency Food Security Response

Location:

Jordan

Project number:

53890

Business sector:

Agribusiness

Notice type:

State

Approval date:

08 Mar 2023

Status:

Passed Final Review, Pending Approval

PSD disclosed:

05 Jul 2022

Project Description

Provision of a sovereign loan in the amount of up to USD 130 million (the "Loan") to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (the "Borrower").

The Loan will be for the benefit of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply which is in charge of international and national procurement, storage, sales and distribution of wheat and barley in Jordan. The loan will finance working capital needs related to the international purchase of grain, and support the expansion of the strategic grain storage capacity across Jordan.

Project Objectives

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, consequent disruption caused to the international grain supply, and record high prices, the Bank aims to support the government of Jordan through the provision of a loan to ensure the availability of liquidity for international grain purchases and expansion of strategic grain storage capacity, contributing to the country's food security. In parallel to financing, the Bank will also seek to mobilise a technical cooperation ("TC") package.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 61

ETI score: 61

The transition impact of the Project is expected to derive from its contribution to the Resilient and Integrated qualities. Through the proposed Loan, the project provides urgent working capital to the Borrower necessary for the international procurement of wheat, and aims to fund expansion of storage capacity of key agricultural commodities, helping to address the food security risks in the context of the emerging food security challenges. Through the contemplated TC and policy advisory activities, the Project will also be complemented by policy dialogue with a view to the assessment of grain value chain of Jordan, the identification of opportunities for improvement and the potential for the increased private sector participation in the long term.

Client Information

JORDAN SOVEREIGN

The beneficiary of the Project is the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply. Its activities include international and national procurement, storage, and sales and distribution of wheat and barley in Jordan.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 130,000,000.00

A sovereign loan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Total Project Cost

USD 130,000,000.00

Additionality

EBRD is additional in terms of its ability to provide timely liquidity including through a financing structure that is necessary to structure the Project. Through the proposed TC and policy advisory, the Project is expected to be accompanied by a TC package that will build on EBRD's expertise in the agribusiness sector in the region, as well as identifying potential opportunities for efficiencies in the food import value chains. These policy-oriented initiatives are expected to improve the practices and standards in the Jordanian grain sector.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019). The purchase of grain is associated with site-specific environmental and social risks which can be managed and mitigated through the implementation of a targeted action plan. An environmental and social due diligence ("ESDD") will be undertaken and will include meetings with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, other relevant departments and relevant site visits. An Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP") will be drafted and agreed with the Ministry to address the issues identified during due diligence. This PSD will be updated once the ESDD is completed.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Through the contemplated TC and policy advisory, the Project aims to support the current food security response in the country; seek improvements in the grain value chain; and increase private sector participation in the long term.

Company Contact Information

Ali Zgheib
zgheiba@ebrd.com

PSD last updated

05 Jul 2022

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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