Project General Description
The proposed project is a USD 60 million Senior Corporate Loan with 8-years maturity (including a 2-year maximum grace period) to support Elnefeidi Group’s agriculture and food expansion programme. Elnefeidi Group is a privately-owned entity operating since 1934 and incorporated in 2008 in Sudan. The company is present in several African countries. The corporate loan is to part-finance Elnefeidi’s multi-country Food and Agriculture Expansion Program (FAEP) between 2020-2027 for a global cost of USD 183 million. The program mainly targets Sudan but also countries in central and east Africa, which are all eligible to the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility (PSF). The planned expansion includes increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing related infrastructure, food processing and distribution. It will directly contribute in developing Sudan’s livestock value chain (poultry and beef) by increasing the country’s export capacity for value-added livestock products. This will help reduce the economic value that the country loses by exporting millions of live animals each year. This facility to Elnefeidi Group is another demonstration of the African Development Bank’s continued support and strong commitment to enable, deepen, and empower the private sector in Sudan, as an engine of economic and inclusive growth. This is also consistent with Sudan’s National Agriculture Investment Plan, which seeks to achieve agriculture-linked growth, largely through private investments.
Elnefeidi will use the funds to enhance its agricultural productivity and improve its food processing, infrastructure and distribution capabilities. The loan is expected to contribute significantly to food security, food import substitution, and household incomes by creating jobs. It will also in turn increase local productivity and distribution by over half a million metric tonnes each year across several countries.
The main project beneficiairies are Elnefeidi Group Holding Co. Ltd., the government of Sudan, pastoral sector and farmers.