• Brazil
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  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 30.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Aug 4, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Jul 1, 2022

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Project Description
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Sucafina is a multinational coffee merchant, founded in 1977 and based in Geneva, Switzerland. The company is active across the coffee value chain ranging from farming to roasting and has the vision to be the Leading sustainable farm to roaster coffee company in the world by 2025.


FMO will take an unfunded risk participation in a sustainability linked borrowing base facility, made available and arranged by Rabobank ( for Sucafina. The company will utilize the proceeds of the loan to fund sales of coffee to eligible buyers, purchase of coffee from eligible suppliers (including prepayments) and to finance warehousing and fobbing costs. Part of the loan proceeds will also be earmarked for covering margin calls.


With this facility, Sucafina will be able to further expand its origination activities in Brazil and Colombia and thereby provide more direct support to coffee farmers. Through its sustainability activities, including the Farmer Hub initiative, Sucafina wants to increase the number of smallholder farmers reached globally from ~170,000 to 350,000 in 2025 and assist them with growing specialty coffees, diversifying into other crops and access to banking services and markets. FMO is closely supporting the Farmer Hub initiative through its capacity development program.


The E&S category is B+ (not changed since previous investment), due to largely reversible impacts, which can be mitigated through good management practices and Good International Industry Practice. Relevant IFC PS are 1 thru 4. The Company's assets are mainly primary processing units, warehouses and washing stations. PS 5 is not relevant since there is no ownership of farms and/or acquisition of large tracts of land. PS6 is not relevant because operations are not in or near HCV areas or Ramsar sites. The same applies to PS 7 and 8.

Investment Description
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Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Sucafina SA Client Industry and Trade

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