Support to Economic Recovery and Job Creation in the Agri-Food Sector and Rural Space (WB-P174017)

  • Tunisia
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Union Tunisienne de Solidarité Sociale
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 1.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 19, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jun 2, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the Project objective is to help restore and promote job creation and strengthen smallholder producer participation in the agri-food sector and rural entrepreneurship.

The project has three components:

  1. Technical assistance to POs and SMEs. The implementation of the proposed matching grant instrument will require technical assistance to POs and SMEs to prepare and select technically sound and financially and commercially viable investment projects.

  2. Grants for agri-food and rural job creation. TRACE Matching Grant will provide non-reimbursable financial contributions (grants) to investment projects submitted by POs and SMEs engaged in agri-business activities ranging from production, processing to marketing with the objective to help business growth and job creation.

  3. Project management and coordination. The Project will provide resources to the implementing agency (see information below) to properly deliver technical assistance and operate the matching grant, while meeting the Bank's fiduciary and safeguards requirements
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World Bank:
Contact : Olivier Durand
Title : Senior Agriculture Economist
Telephone No : 5714+3011

Contact : Zouhour Karray
Title : Program Manager
Telephone No : 5714+3069

Borrower: Union Tunisienne de Solidarité Sociale

Implementing Agency:
Union Tunisienne de Solidarité Sociale
Contact : Lotfi Messaoudi
Title : Director
Telephone No : 21698548581
Email : 


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