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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has announced financing of up to US$15mn for Wadi Holdings, one of Egypt’s leading poultry companies. IFC’s financing will support the company’s expansion and diversification.

IFC’s long-term loan will help fund Wadi’s four-year investment programme, which includes expansion of the group’s poultry hatchery and breeder operations, construction of a new poultry feed mill, planting of additional olive groves, installation of new olive and vegetable processing facilities, and creation of a company to produce high-quality glass containers, primarily for Egypt’s food industry. The group’s poultry and agricultural products are targeted to domestic and export sales.

Sami Haddad, IFC’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, comments: “Egypt’s improving business climate is offering increased opportunities to forward-thinking agribusiness companies like Wadi, which IFC seeks to support.”

Wadi is also committed to environmental and social sustainability. Over the past several years, the company has implemented quality management systems and obtained ISO certification for several key operations, with the remainder targeted for certification in the coming year. The company will also obtain Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety certification for its food packaging operations within the year.

Wadi’s grape and olive farms are certified organic in accordance with European Standard EU 2009291 and, in the near term, will be certified to the National Organic Program under the auspices of the US department of agriculture.