Project Grow: Accelerating Inclusion of Farmers and Youth into Commercial Cassava Value Chain (IADB-JA-M1035)

  • Jamaica
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Financial Institutions
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Aug 4, 2016
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Desnoes & Geddes Foundation
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.81 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 4.83 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Oct 13, 2016

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Project Description
The project -- of company Red Stripe, a subsidiary of Heineken -- to increase the incomes of small scale cassava farmers, as well as generate employment opportunities for vulnerable youth in Jamaica, through their integration into the commercial cassava value chain. Farmers will be given technical guidance where necessary by Red Stripe personnel. EUCORD (European Cooperative for Rural Development) will be a key technical partner in the execution of the agronomic and agribusiness components of the project. The project will engage other technical partners such as Jamaican’s Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), University of the West Indies, and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) among others, to provide critical technical knowledge, training, and know-how.
Investment Description
Technical Cooperation through the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). In October 2015, Heineken bought Red Stripe from Diageo, acquiring a majority stake in Desnoes & Geddes Ltd., the operating company for Red Stripe. The MIF has a letter of commitment from Red Stripe confirming their ongoing commitment to the project under the new ownership structure.

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