Lebanon: Wheat supply emergency response project (WB-P178866)

  • Lebanon
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
May 6, 2022
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Government of Lebanon
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 134.97 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 15, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Apr 13, 2022

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to ensure the availability of wheat in Lebanon, in response to the economic impact of the conflict in Ukraine, and to maintain access to affordable bread by poor and vulnerable households.

The project has three components:

  1. Component 1 will finance immediate wheat purchases to avoid the disruption of imports in the short term, and its dire socioeconomic implications. This will be done in accordance with Bank Policy on Investment Project Financing and its special considerations for Projects in Situations of Urgent Need of Assistance or Capacity Constraints. No retroactive financing is foreseen. 

  2. Component 2: Project management and capacity building

  3. Component 3: Contingent Emergency Response Component (US$0): In recognition of Lebanon’s current significant vulnerability to shocks, a CERC with no funds is included in accordance with the World Bank policy on Investment Project Financing for contingent emergency response to an eligible crisis or emergency, as needed. This component will allow the GOL to request the World Bank for rapid reallocation of the project funds to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible emergency or crisis that is a natural or man-made disaster or crisis that has caused or is likely to imminently cause a major adverse economic and/or social impact. If the World Bank agrees with the determination of the disaster and associated response needs, this component will draw resources from the categories financing Components 1 and 2, and/or allow the GOL to request the World Bank to recategorize and reallocate financing from other project components to cover emergency response and recovery costs.

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World Bank:
Irina Schuman
Senior Agriculture Economist

Armine Juergenliemk
Agriculture Specialist

Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of Economy and Trade
Amin Salam
Minister of Economy and Trade


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