IFC has made agribusiness a priority because of its potential for broad development impact and especially strong role in poverty reduction. We combine investments and advisory services to help the sector address higher demand and escalating food prices in an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive way. We also support global initiatives for sustainable production of agricultural commodities.
The food price crisis is putting pressure on the global supply chain and threatening progress in poverty reduction. To help our clients prefinance inventories, seeds, fertilizers, and fuel for farmers, IFC is offering working capital facilities. For the medium term, we are scaling up financing for agribusiness and addressing critical constraints along the value chain. We aim to improve productivity by transferring technologies and practices, and making the best use of water, land, and other resources. We are also pursuing investments with both the private and public sectors in physical infrastructure (ports, warehouses, cold storage, telecommunications) that can facilitate trade and lower cost. To reach small farmers and rural enterprises, IFC is working more with trading companies and financial intermediaries, thereby helping to channel financing and advisory services more effectively.