Washington, D.C., February 11, 2015—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, and the private sector window of the
Global Agriculture and Food Security Program will invest $9.2 million in
a program with KCB Bank Rwanda to help Rwandan farmers’ cooperatives gain
access to financing and training they need to expand food production.
KCB Bank Rwanda will offer affordable financing to 11 farmer cooperatives
in eastern Rwanda, helping more than 12,000 small-holder famers gain access
to improved seeds and fertilizer and to training in better farming practices.
The cooperatives will supply maize and soybeans to a food processing plant
that aims to produce fortified cereals for people suffering from malnutrition—particularly
babies and children.
“Supporting local grain production can have a significant impact on food
security in Rwanda, a country where 45 percent of people live in poverty
and malnutrition is widespread,” said Ethiopis Tafara,
IFC Vice President for Corporate Risk
and Sustainability. “IFC and GAFSP’s partnership with KCB Bank Rwanda
Ltd will play an important role in expanding financing for farmers.”
KCB Bank Rwanda’s Managing Director, Maurice Toroitich, said: “Access
to financing will enable farmers to improve maize and soybean productivity,
earn more income, and support their families. KCB Bank Rwanda is pleased
to support farmers in partnership with IFC.”
The bank’s loans will help farmers gain working capital for seeds, fertilizers,
land preparation, weeding, and harvesting, among other things. In addition,
farmers will receive technical advice through a comprehensive advisory
services program provided by IFC and other partners. IFC, with support
from GAFSP, plans to support the construction and operation of the processing
GAFSP is a global effort that pools donor resources to fund programs that
increase agricultural productivity in countries with the highest rates
of poverty and hunger. Its objective is to improve incomes and strengthen
food and nutrition security. Through its public sector window, GAFSP helps
governments develop national agriculture and food security plans. Its private
sector window—managed by IFC and supported by the governments of Canada,
Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States—provides
long- and short-term loans, credit guarantees, and equity to private sector
companies to improve productivity growth, deepen farmers’ links to markets,
and increase capacity and technical skills.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and
influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives
in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org
About KCB Rwanda
KCB Bank Rwanda Ltd is a subsidiary of KCB Group, East Africa’s
oldest (over 119 years) and largest commercial bank by asset base and profitability.
The bank in Rwanda operates a network of 11 branches, three cash centers,
27 ATMs, and over 260 KCB Iwacu agents. Our reach spreads across the width
and breadth of Rwanda in line with our strategy to offer our products and
services closer to the marketplace. For more information, visit www.