EBRD supports US$ 8 million food security loan to Ukraine agribusiness firm Astarta

EBRD supports US$ 8 million food security loan to Ukraine agribusiness firm Astarta

EBRD takes on 60 per cent of risk, or US$ 4.8 million, through agreement with UKRSIBBANK

As part of its efforts to boost food security in wartime Ukraine, the EBRD is backing more than half the risk of a US$ 8 million loan to Astarta Group, one of the country’s major agricultural and food processing businesses, through an agreement with partner bank UKRSIBBANK BNP Paribas Group. The EBRD’s share of the risk for the multicurrency working capital loan comes to US$ 4.8 million.

The EBRD’s risk-sharing instruments enhance local financiers’ capacity to provide access to finance for Ukrainian private companies operating in critical agri-related industries, whether farming or food processing, transport and imports. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February, came just ahead of the spring sowing season in this major agricultural economy, which supplies farming produce around the world.

This loan will help Astarta secure sufficient working capital financing for a successful crop farming and sugar production season.

The project is part of the EBRD’s Food Security Ukraine package, within the Resilience and Livelihoods Framework adopted by the Bank to support the country’s economy. 

With donors and partners, the EBRD has pledged to invest €1 billion this year in supporting the Ukrainian economy.

The war on Ukraine raises the spectre of worsening food security globally, because Ukraine is a significant food exporter. Ukraine exports account for about 10 per cent of the globally traded wheat and corn and 37 per cent of sunflower oil, United Nations figures show.

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