After having implemented for 5 years (2011 - 2016) two phases of the Rural Finance Programme with KfW Development Bank and the Tajik Ministry for Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), AFC is resuming its work in Tajikistan with both partners, launching the new Financial Sector Programme “Value Chain Agro Finance”.
Running for a period of three years, the project aims to enhance food value chain competitiveness by providing working capital finance as well as by increasing the availability of long-term finance in Tajik Somoni (TJS) for agricultural equipment and machinery.
The project will support MEDT and KfW in the selection of eligible partner financial institutions under the project. These institutions will benefit among others from capacity building and training measures to improve their agricultural business model and credit technology and will be supported in the development of financial products for agricultural value chain finance. Further, the team will assist with the development and introduction of Environmental and Social Management Systems at the institutions, contributing to the sustainable extension of long-term loans. Finally, the project will support the development and strengthening of value chains through the provision of direct support, e.g. trainings in business planning and credit application, to agricultural MSMEs and entrepreneurs.