The EBRD was one of the founding members of EastAgri, a network of public and private agriculture/agribusiness institutions working in central and eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
EastAgri provides key players in the sector with an informal platform for building relationships and sharing information, best practices and lessons learned about financing and rural development in the sector.
EastAgri’s activity aims to foster innovative new approaches towards investments in agriculture and agribusiness among international financial institutions (IFIs) and private banks operating in the region.
EastAgri promotes such networking through its website, annual meetings and thematic workshops and study tours.
Other founding members of EastAgri, which was launched in 2002, include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank and the Central European Initiative.
Current members number among their ranks IFIs, private banks, international organisations, bilateral donor and bilateral investment institutions, citizen networks and a university.
The success of the EastAgri network inspired the creation of MedAgri, which covers countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Long-term policy dialogue between governments and the private
sector and technical cooperation to companies themselves are particularly relevant to improving the productivity and scope of the agribusiness sector in this region.