According to ADB website, the loan will support farm investments and working capital and enterprises operating in the agriculture value chain through Access Bank Azerbaijan (ABA). ADB funding will improve rural income generation and livelihood in Azerbaijan. With only 16% of credit flowing to Azerbaijans regions, and only 5% to agriculture, finance is largely unavailable in rural Azerbaijan. Agriculture is fragmented into 1.2 million small farms employing 38% of the working population and contributing only 6.2% to GDP (2013). However, agriculture witnessed robust growth of 4% p.a. over the past decade and has substantial growth potential to meet growing domestic and import demand for food (fruits, vegetables and dairy products). Farms and MSMEs are the most important source for employment and income generation in the regions. Lack of funding is one of the main reasons limiting their growth.
The expected outcome is improved ability of ABA to provide financial services to farmers, and agriculture MSMEs.
Project Officer: Hruschka, Stefan A.
Private Sector Operations Department
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