According to the bank website, FMO participates with USD 12.9 million in an IFC-led syndicated facility to Netafim Ltd and its Chinese subsidiary. Netafim will use the loan proceeds to get a stronger foothold in Africa, where the enormous growth potential for drip irrigation is, and to further expand in China.
Netafim is the largest provider of micro-irrigation systems to large- and small-scale farmers. Micro-irrigation (or precision irrigation) is a crucial tool to enhance food production while saving scarce resources such as water and land. In the context of continuous population growth, changes in weather patterns, biodiversity decline, water scarcity, and desertification, irrigation is essential to ensure food security.
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