The EIB in the Agriculture, food and rural development sectors
The agriculture, food and fisheries sectors are key contributors to economic growth in the world’s rural and coastal regions. They also play a vital role in food security, heathy diets and resilience to climate change.
We invest across the entire agri-food and fishery value chain, as well as foster innovative and sustainable bio-resource pathways that are critical for greening the economy.
Additionally, we support rural development and infrastructure with tailored financial products for national and regional governments.
Through our long-term financing and technical advice, we benefit farmers, private enterprises and society as a whole.
Projects eligible for financing
We provide finance for investments that contribute to:
Developing innovative, sustainable agricultural practices and technologies to face challenges such as the growing demand for food or global warming
Making food production more sustainable and efficient
Enhancing access to finance for farmers, micro-enterprises and SMEs via our financial intermediaries
We invest in activities and research that prioritise:
The use of renewable energy and renewable materials
This is the story of a sugar cane company on an island two thousand kilometres off the southern African coast. The company managers faced big changes. But they responded with one innovation after another. They found a partner in the European Investment Bank, and over six years they built a set of businesses that could survive the kind of shock that threatened them. And they did it all while protecting the environment of their tiny homeland in the Indian Ocean.