Agriculture and Agro-industry

Proparco supports private investments in the agricultural and agri-business sectors. Proparco covers all steps in the production process: from improving yields in plantations to the transport and distribution of products on the markets, passing through processes of transformation and storage.
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Agriculture and agro-industry, priority sectors for Southern...and Northern countries

The development of resilient agricultural and agro-industrial sectors is essential for the construction of a sustainable future for developing countries and, more generally, for humanity.

Addressing this challenge requires huge investments to develop the entire value chain in the sector: from improving yields and collection operations on farms to the transportation of products and their distribution on local, regional or international markets, and including activities related to processing and storage (factories, warehouses, cold chains…), etc.

Proparco's operations


Proparco's operations

Proparco assists this development by supporting a wide range of private actors in the South: from local seed producers to regional agro-industries, and including financial institutions that finance the sector.

Its operations aim to promote more productive agricultural and agro-industrial models that are also more environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient, and create decent employment and wealth.


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In this regard, Proparco’s operations contribute to:

  • Structuring sectors in order to facilitate the establishment of contracts between (small) producers and the agro-industry and secure their incomes, and the supply and marketing of products;
  • Improving the productivity and profitability of farms in order to ensure they are sustainable and better meet both local and international demand;
  • Developing processing activities in order to bring about the creation of local agro-industrial actors, increase the added value in producing countries, and contribute to reducing food imports;
  • Creating and improving logistics infrastructure in order to facilitate the transportation of agricultural production to the consumer, limit post-harvest losses, and thereby reduce price volatility;
  • Disseminating high environmental and social standards in order to preserve natural resources and create decent employment for rural populations;
  • Diversifying the activity of agricultural producers (biofuel production, development of biomass cogeneration…) in order to reduce their vulnerability to market fluctuations and provide them with additional incomes…
  • Providing access to financing for farmers and agro-industries via the allocation of dedicated credit lines to financial institutions working in the sector, including banks.
127 million euros
by AFD Group over the 2011-2021 period
1.6 billion euros
of direct and indirect financing from Proparco between 2011 and 2021
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Golden Rice: Working for a quality and responsible rice industry in Cambodia

Golden Rice is based in Phnom Penh and is one of the main rice exporters in Cambodia. The company is recognized for its qualitative and responsible approach. It sources from small local producers and processes over 200,000 tons of paddy (unhusked rice) every year.
This qualitative approach has earned Golden Rice international recognition, especially in Europe and elsewhere in Asia. In 2012 and 2013, it won the World’s Best Rice Award.


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