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    Reference: 20200048
    Release date: 22 March 2021

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    Risk-sharing facility supported by a grant from the European Commission to provide guarantees to Zanaco Plc financing agri-food value chain investments in Zambia.

    Additionality and Impact

    The risk-sharing facility (RSF) complementing the loan facility offered to the financial intermediary Zanaco is intended to benefit private sector entities operating in the agri-food sector in Zambia. This RSF will increase Zanaco's ability to extend financing offering to more risky or smaller entities. Thereby, this facility will strengthen its outreach to agri-food enterprises and support integration of smallholder farmers into commercial value chains.The proposed investment is aligned with one of the main priorities set under the EU Agenda for change (the basis for EU's development policy), namely inclusive and sustainable growth for human development.Fostering private sector development, including SMEs, is specifically mentioned as an enabler. Zambia is considered a country with a significant gap in sustainable development necessary to improve employment outcomes and overall economic growth. The proposed investment is expected to contribute toward a number of Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), most notably SDG8 "Decent work and economic growth".


    This project will increase financing of agriculture value chain projects carried out by private sector enterprises through providing a risk-sharing facility to Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc.


    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 4 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 30 million

    Environmental aspects

    Final beneficiaries will be requested to comply with applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.


    Final beneficiaries will be requested to comply with applicable national and EU legislation, as appropriate.


    Signed - 30/07/2021


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Zambia Credit lines