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IFC’s $15 Million Financing Supports Paraguay’s Farmers and Agricultural Sector


Washington D.C.:
Adriana Gomez, IFC
Phone:  (202) 458 5204
E-mail: agomez@ifc.org

Irina Likhachova, IFC
Phone: (202) 4731813
E-mail: ilikhachova@ifc.org

Ciudad del Este:
Fabio Baumann, Agrotec
Phone: 595 61 571900
E-mail: Fabio.rocha@agrihold.com


Washington, D.C., June 1, 2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $15 million working capital facility to help Agrotec S.A. support the pre-harvest financing needs of Paraguay’s farmers and strengthen the country’s agricultural sector, a pillar of the economy.

Agrotec, one of Paraguay’s leading agronomy service companies and a member of the Agrihold Group, provides seeds, fertilizers, technical support, and other inputs to more than 700 client farmers, as well as commercialization of their grains.  IFC’s financing will help Agrotec increase farmers’ access to finance, contribute to rural economic development, and strengthen Paraguay’s agricultural supply chain.

Nearly half of Paraguay’s population lives in the countryside and depends on agriculture for their livelihoods.  Agriculture also represents about 25 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, 30 percent of employment and a significant portion of the country’s exports.

“IFC’s financing will strengthen Agrotec’s working capital and help increase investment in technology development for seeds and other products,” said Tulio Nevez Zanchet, Agrotec’s president.  “In addition, it will provide more access to finance and technology for farmers in Paraguay.  Zanchet also noted that  IFC’s support comes as agribusiness is recovering, after 2009 when agribusiness conditions were affected adversely by the global financial crisis.

Oscar Chemerinski, IFC Director for Global Agribusiness, said, “IFC is partnering with Agrotec to have a systemic impact on the Paraguayan economy by increasing access to working capital financing for farmers in frontier regions.  The investment will promote the sustainable growth of a company with broad and deep links to the rural population.”

Alpax Inc was the exclusive advisor to Grupo Agrihold in the structuring and execution of this transaction.

IFC’s strategy in Paraguay is to engage with the private sector in transport, financial services, and agribusiness. Furthermore, IFC supports access to finance for small and medium enterprises, helps improve the investment climate, and reduces barriers to doing business.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development, mobilizing capital for private enterprise, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

About Agrotec
Agrotec offers a one-stop shop to more than 700 client farmers, providing seeds, fertilizers, agrochemicals, technical support, storage and logistic services, pre-harvest financing, and commercialization of clients’ grains. The company’s strategy is to develop strong relationships with farmers, providing integral agronomic services from sowing, planning, and advice by providing seeds, nutrition integration, and crop protection. Agrotec operates seven regional distribution centers including its headquarters in Ciudad del Este. For more information, visit  www.agrotec.com.py.