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Helping Myanmar Grow Commodity Backed Finance

Challenge

Myanmar’s financial sector is greatly underdeveloped, with businesses and consumers facing limited access to finance, especially in rural areas. Smallholder farmers are often forced to sell at low prices due to imbalances in supply and demand. Despite poor storage conditions, farmers across Myanmar are often forced to store harvested products to sell at a later time, leading to deterioration and substantial losses.

Solution

IFC and GAFSP will provide a US$3 million loan to Sohanlal Commodity Management Private Limited (SLCM), India’s sixth largest post-harvest agri supply chain solutions provider. SLCM Myanmar is a fully-owned subsidiary of SLCM, that offers commodity-backed financing in addition to warehouse and collateral management services. The company will use the investment to bring commodity-backed financing and sophisticated warehouse and collateral management services to Myanmar.

Country

Myanmar

Funding

Private

Focus area

  • Access to Finance

Supervising entity

IFC

Results

Consumers across Myanmar are expected to experience an increase in the amount of food available to them due to a reduction in post-harvest losses caused by infestation, excess humidity, and inadequate storage. 

Farmers in Myanmar will be able to properly store higher volumes and reduce post-harvest losses, currently estimated at about 20 percent.  

Financial services will be provided to underserved agricultural traders, smallholder farmers, including women, and MSEs, increasing their access to finance in the agribusiness sector. 

SLCM will help attract more banks and collateral managers to engage in the business of commodity-backed financing, an entity new to Myanmar, through the provision of enabling services and demonstration effects in the sector.

Contact

Mr. Niraj Shah
Head, GAFSP Private Sector Window 
nshah1@ifc.org
Washington, DC 
Tel: 202 473 3743

Photo: Markus Kostner / World Bank


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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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