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IFC Supports Nafoods Group to Improve Sustainability and Competitiveness of Vietnam’s Agriculture Sector

Hanoi, Vietnam, June 28, 2019 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Nafoods Group Joint Stock Company, a local agribusiness company, expand its existing fruit processing capacity, boost its exports, and further develop the new fruit seedling business with a financing and advisory package. This will subsequently improve the company’s productivity and output, thereby creating jobs and improving income opportunities for farmers in its supply chain.
Agriculture is fundamental to Vietnam’s economy with the total production accounting for 16 percent of gross domestic product and 17 percent of export revenues. Key agricultural exports such as fruits and vegetables have grown rapidly over the past five years. However, the bulk of the produce in Vietnam is still exported in fresh form and at less competitive prices due to lower quality.
IFC’s $8 million quasi equity investment in the form of redeemable preference shares, which can be converted into ordinary shares, will fund the expansion of Nafoods Group’s processing factory in Long An province and the construction of a packing house in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The financing will also help the company grow its new business in fruit seedlings, ensuring higher productivity and quality.
Listed on the Ho Chi Minh stock exchange, Nafoods Group is a small, niche fruit processor and exporter in Vietnam, with a leading position in passion fruit. The company sources more than 13,300 tons of fresh and processed fruits annually from various regions in Vietnam including the Central Highlands, West Northern Mountains, and North Central Coast regions — some of the country’s poorer regions.
IFC’s long-term funding and technical advice could not be more timely as we are trying to develop higher value for our products by adopting safe and sustainable practices and by improving our production facilities,” said Nguyen Manh Hung, Nafoods Group Chairman.  “We believe an enhanced production capacity will allow us to generate better income opportunities for local farmers and meet the demands of high-value markets.”
IFC’s investment will allow Nafoods Group to increase the number of farmers along its supply chain by 11,500. Also, approximately 150 full-time jobs will be created in the company’s factories. Along with financing, IFC will advise Nafoods Group to implement a food safety management system for its cold chain system in line with the globally-recognized Food Safety System Certification 22000. This will help ensure quality and minimize wastage.
In partnership with New Zealand and the Slovak Republic, over the next 18 months, IFC will also work with the company’s fruit farmers and suppliers in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR to help them conform to global sustainable farming standards and practices. International certifications such as Good Agricultural Practices – GLOBAL G.A.P, Rainforest Alliance, and Fair Trade will help Nafoods Group farmers grow high-quality and sustainable fruits, expanding access to new export markets. In Vietnam, the project will be implemented as a pilot for about 1,000 farmers on 3,000 hectares of land for producing passion fruit, dragon fruit, and coconut. Subsequently, the project will be scaled up.
“As Vietnam seeks to increase economic competitiveness and access to international markets, developing a high value-added and export-oriented agribusiness sector will help unlock the industry’s full potential,” said Kyle Kelhofer, IFC Country Manager for Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR. “Efforts made by agribusiness companies like Nafoods Group will further contribute to the transformation of Vietnam’s agriculture sector, creating better jobs and improving rural incomes and livelihoods.”
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IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
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About Nafoods Group
Nafoods Group is among the most innovative fruit and vegetable growers, processors and exporters in Vietnam, specializing in fruit juice/NFC, puree, concentrate, IQF and fresh fruits. Founded in 1995, our products are distributed all over the world, especially in Europe, the United States of America, Oceania, Middle East, Japan and Korea. Nafoods Group is one of the front-runners in Asia in the field of integrated agricultural processing. We have taken full control over our own value chain including: raw material areas (seedling, cultivating, growing), harvesting (fresh fruit), processing & manufacturing, exporting & distribution to bring the highest added value for customers, society, employees and shareholders. For more information, visit www.nafoods.com .
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