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Access Bank, a major player in the Nigerian banking sector, has just received a US$100 million loan from the Dutch development bank, FMO. Proparco has put up US$25 million of this amount. This credit facility will enable Access Bank to finance agricultural businesses and to boost a sector that is key to Nigeria’s economic and social development.

Agriculture continues to be the economic mainstay of a majority of Nigerians and employs more than half of the country’s active population, however investment is being held back by a shortage of credit. Proparco’s funding will enable Access Bank to offer agricultural businesses long-term funding – a scarce commodity on the Nigerian market. The aim is to provide financing for stakeholders right along the production chain, i.e., from planting to primary processing.

By boosting funding to agri-food businesses, this operation will help modernise the sector and create direct jobs (Access Bank currently employs over 3,000 people, 44% of whom are women) and indirect jobs by partnering local employers.


Access Bank is Nigeria’s fourth largest and one of Africa’s top 20 banks with a network of over 300 domestic branches and seven foreign subsidiaries. In the agri-food sector it partners SMEs, cooperatives and big businesses with a special focus on plantations and primary processing industries.


This is the second time Proparco has supported Access Bank: in 2012, Proparco granted a US$ 15 million line of credit to finance SMEs in countries where Access Bank Plc does business.