Tunisia Emergency Food Security Response Project (WB-P179010)

  • Tunisia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Jun 28, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Tunisia
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 130.00 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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 130.00 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 Jul 4, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Jun 9, 2022

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Project Description
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According to bank documentgs, the project objective is to ensure in the short-term the supply of (i) agricultural inputs for farmers to secure the next cropping season and for continued dairy production and (ii) wheat for uninterrupted access to bread for poor and vulnerable households; and to strengthen Tunisia’s resilience to food crises by laying the ground for reforms of the grain value chain.

The project will support activities aimed at protecting producers and consumers from global market disruptions in the short term, while enhancing the resilience of the grain value chain to price, supply and climate shocks in the medium term. In the short term, GoT’s objective is to support domestic production through the availability and accessibility of agricultural inputs for small producers affected by price hikes and market disruptions(affordable feed (barley) for smallholder dairy producers and improved wheat seeds for small farmers), and to secure the availability and accessibility of bread for poor and vulnerable households. At the same time, the GoT wants to use this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen the resilience of its grain value chain to market and climate shocks by providing the right incentives to grain producers to stimulate domestic production, while reducing the burden on public finances and better targeting food subsidies (including reducing waste and improving nutrition). The project will consist of three components providing a balance between short-term urgent responses, through support to producers by making key inputs – barley and improved seeds - available (Component 1), the temporary purchase of soft wheat to maintain access to affordable bread (Component 2), and medium-term measures (Component 3) to improve the whole grain value chain organization and adjust the associated public support program. Bank financing is part of a coordinated response with other donors (to secure grain purchase and support producers) and the project will develop synergies with other donor interventions (reform preparation, storage facility improvement, etc.).

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World Bank:
Olivier Durand
Senior Agriculture Economist

Ministry of Economy

Implementing Agency:
Office des Céréales
Béchir Kthiri
General Director


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