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Who is our client

Habesha Breweries Share Company (“Habesha”) is one of the leading Ethiopian brewing companies. Habesha was initiated by a group of local Ethiopian investors in 2009. The company is currently owned by Swinkels Family Brewers Holding N.V. (60%), 8,000 local shareholders (30%), and Linssen Participations B.V. (10%).

Funding objective

The proposed financing package is part of an EUR 50mln IFC-led facility and will support the company’s EUR 118 million capacity expansion program which will be complemented by an advisory services program to support local barley farmers in the country.

Why we fund this project

The project will increase the productivity, access to markets, and food security for 15,000 barley farmers. With the support of the advisory services program, Habesha hopes to reach 14,000 additional farmers through a system of forward contracting with cooperative unions and a linked system of input distribution. Through the project 500 direct, full-time jobs are expected to be created. Finally, the project will strengthen the integration of the Ethiopian malt-barley supply chain.

Environmental and social rationale

This is a category B+ project according to FMO E&S Categorization. The project is expected to generate limited and site-specific E&S impacts. These can be avoided or mitigated through implementing a time-bound Environmental and Social Action Plan. Material E&S risks and impacts include those associated with the need for additional raw water to allow for the expansion in production and to ensure that by consuming that water Habesha does not adversely impact other water users. Also, there is a need to ensure that either the physical or economical resettlement of the four households from the land required for the plant expansion is undertaken according to the requirements of the IFC performance standards and that the livelihoods of those impacted are restored to at least the level they were before being impacted. Applicable IFC PS are 1-4 and 5. IFC PS 6, 7 and 8 are not applicable as the land used to build the brewery is already cultivated for a long time. The brewery is not involved in primary production of agricultural commodities (i.e. there are no impacts to biodiversity and it buys its barley from other growers). Neither any cultural heritage site can be found on the land required for construction nor will there be any on the additional land that is required for the expansion. No Indigenous Peoples are found within the project’s area of influence.

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Date Total FMO financing
6/29/2020 EUR 0.14 MLN
Website client
Agribusiness, Food & Water
Signing date
Total FMO financing
EUR 18.00 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)