ACF secures US$115m funding led by FMO to expand its operations in Africa

AFRICA – Agri Commodities and Finance (ACF), a trading companies of Export Trading Group (ETG), has secured US$115 million syndicated loan facility from FMO, FinDev Canada, and OeEB to improve and expand its operations in Africa.

FMO acted as lead arranger in this syndicated facility that will indirectly support an estimated 600,000 smallholder farmers and the communities, while also contributing to more sustainable and climate-resilient agricultural practices across the continent.

The syndicated loan facility will allow ETG to strengthen and expand its operations across the agricultural value chain.

Improved processing capacity and logistics will lead to less post-harvest crop loss and food waste. These improvements will not only support the livelihood of existing farmers, but also create an estimated 5,000 new jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Supporting smallholder farmers is especially important in light of the ongoing pandemic and growing effects of climate change.”

Sabine Gaber – Member of Executive Board, OeEB

“We are very pleased to strengthen our commitment towards ETG’s mission and empower small holder farmers across Africa for a brighter future,” Pieternel Boogard, Director Agribusiness, Food, and Water of FMO, said.

“ETG’s impact and success contribute to a stronger African agricultural sector, which will reduce poverty of smallholder farmers in Africa and improve their overall wellbeing through ETG’s sustainable and climate-smart programmes focused on agriculture and agro-processing. We are proud to have arranged this facility along with our fellow DFIs.”

With 35% of the jobs to be created in the continent’s least-developed countries and 50% being taken up by women, this will further contribute to SDG 10. In addition, this working capital loan will support access to critical food supplies across Africa.

“The growth of ETG has been impressive and its contributions to the transformation of African agriculture equally so,” added Paulo Martelli, Chief Investment Officer of FinDev Canada.

“By participating with other development finance institutions, such as FMO from the Netherlands and OeEB from Austria, we are helping ETG move to the next level of its development. The facility will help make agriculture and food production in Africa more efficient, more sustainable, and more beneficial to everyone.”

ETG was established in 1967 as an independent African-based commodity trader. Since then, it has grown to become one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing integrated agricultural conglomerates with operating entities located in more than 50 countries.

Its activities cover the entire farm-to-table value chain including procurement, warehousing, processing and/or manufacturing of finished food products, transportation, and distribution of fast-moving consumer goods.

“We are fortunate to have likeminded partners such as FMO, FinDev and OeEB that are as passionate about Africa and its people.  ETG was built on the fundamental of elevating farmers’ livelihoods and bridging supply chain and infrastructure gaps in Africa. This facility will provide ETG with the necessary support to emphasize our efforts and augment our impact,” Anish Jain, ETG’s Chief Treasury Officer, said.

ETG owns and operates more than 120 processing plants and over 450 warehouses across the globe, with a storage capacity exceeding 2.5 million metric tonnes. The Group imports and exports a basket of commodities to and from 49 countries. ETG’s African footprint comprises of 26 countries, including several least-developed countries.

“We are proud to join forces with ETG who has played a crucial role in agricultural development in Africa over the past decades”, said Sabine Gaber, Member of OeEB’s Executive Board.

“Supporting smallholder farmers is especially important in light of the ongoing pandemic and growing effects of climate change. With this financing we can support agricultural supply chains which contributes to food and job security for populations in need.”

FMO is a Dutch development bank structured as a bilateral private-sector international financial institution.

FinDev Canada (Development Finance Institute Canada) is a development finance institution that offers financial solutions to businesses in developing countries.

OeEB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (OeKB), the Export Credit Agency of Austria and finances investments of private companies in developing countries.

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