Washington, D.C., April 21, 2012—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, and the Netherlands today signed an agreement,
formalizing a €100 million contribution by the government to the Private
Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, to strengthen
investment in food security in emerging market countries.
GAFSP is a multilateral mechanism that assists in implementing pledges
made by the global community to support investments in agriculture and
food security. The contribution by the Netherlands, together with the commitments
made earlier by the U.S. and Canada, will enable the GAFSP Private Sector
Window to reach total funding of approximately $200 million, the critical
mass necessary to leverage IFC’s expertise and global reach to fulfill
the program’s mission.
The agreement was signed by Lars Thunell, IFC Executive Vice President
and CEO, and Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International
Cooperation, government of the Netherlands. Also present were representatives
from the U.S. and Canada.
“The Netherlands is committed to enhancing food security in poor countries.
We are delighted to be associated with GAFSP and to work with IFC and donor
partners to support private sector initiatives that improve sustainable
food production and help small farmers,” said Minister Knapen.
Thunell said, “We are grateful for the strong support by the Netherlands
for food-security investments in countries with the greatest need and those
most affected by price volatility and the effects of climate change. With
this generous contribution, IFC can strengthen our inclusive approach to
tackling the enormous challenges of food security.”
About Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)
GAFSP is a multilateral mechanism to assist in the implementation of pledges
made by the global community to support country-led investment plans in
agriculture and food security. Following commitments by G-8 leaders at
the L’Aquila Summit in July 2009, and reaffirmed by the G-20 Summit in
Pittsburgh in September 2009, GAFSP was established in April 2010. The
program is composed of two windows—the Public Sector Window (administered
by the World Bank) and the Private Sector Window (managed by IFC). The
Private Sector Window of GAFSP supports private initiatives to improve
governance, productivity, and competitiveness in the agribusiness sector
in low-income countries. For more information, visit http://www.gafspfund.org/gafsp.
About the Netherlands
The Netherlands is currently the second-largest donor partner to IFC’s
Advisory Services program with over $176 million in commitments between
FY04-FY11. For almost ten years the Netherlands and IFC have successfully
collaborated within the Netherlands-IFC Partnership Program (NIPP). The
objective of NIPP is to contribute to pro-poor and sustainable economic
development by enabling and strengthening private sector entities in IDA
countries. NIPP focuses on four priorities (food security, fragile situations,
water and sexual/reproductive health) and three cross-cutting issues (environment,
gender, and good governance).
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, providing
advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing capital
in the international financial markets. In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty
across the globe, we helped our clients create jobs, strengthen environmental
performance, and contribute to their local communities—all while driving
our investments to an all-time high of nearly $19 billion. For more information,