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    Reference: 20220922
    Release date: 23 December 2022

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    Purchase of wheat on international markets as permanent working capital required for operating the foreseen new storage capacities. Allocation under the Framework Loan "Strengthening Tunisia Food Resilience" (2022-0488)."

    Additionality and Impact

    The parent operation strengthens the resilience of Tunisian's food supply system by increasing the efficiency of country's cereal storage and distribution capacity in securing consumer access to staple food. This allocation, involving the purchase of permanent working capital associated with the expansion of silo capacity, will directly contribute to the country's food security and to the delivery of public goods in terms of public health and social stability in the region.

    The project is a top priority for the Tunisian government, as evidenced in the national Emergency Food Crisis Response Project. Policy-wise, it is strongly aligned with the geographic pillar of the EU's external action (NDICI), specifically the thematic pillars "Inclusive Food Security" and "Social protection" and NDICI's Investment Framework that promotes Sustainable Agriculture. It will contribute to EU's "Food Resilience Facility" in the Southern Neighbourhood.

    The EIB contribution to the project is high. EIB will provide significantly longer maturity, grace and availability periods to what is alternatively available to the Borrower on the local market. The Bank will provide a flexible instrument, tailored to the specific needs of the Promoter. The Bank's financial contribution is rated Excellent.


    The project is the first allocation under the parent operation. The allocation will support building the country's strategic grain reserves by financing the purchase of milling wheat for permanent working capital directly linked to the expansion and rehabilitation of storage capacity in port silos that will benefit from EIB financing. The operation contributes to the country's food security and consequently to the delivery of public goods in terms of public health and social stability in the region. It is aligned with the Tunisian strategies and the objectives of the Food and Resilience Facility of the EU.


    Under Global Europe NDICI guarantee

    Under EFSD+ Guarantee

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 82 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 180 million

    Environmental aspects

    The allocation is not expected to have any environmental impact beyond the footprint associated with international transport of the wheat procured.


    The Bank will require the Promoter to ensure that implementation of the project will be done in accordance with the Bank's Guide to Procurement.


    Approved - 24/01/2023

    24 January 2023


    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

    Tunisia Agriculture, fisheries, forestry