Sector: Sustainable agriculture

LACIF finances projects to empower small and medium farmers and create sustainable agriculture systems, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero hunger) and 15 (Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss), among others. LACIF stimulates enterprise and modern agricultural practices. These projects optimize the use of natural resources, while creating sustainable practices.

Relevant sub-sectors financed include:

Agricultural development:

Integrated projects; farm development.

Agricultural land resources:

Including soil degradation control; soil improvement; drainage of water logged areas; soil desalination; agricultural land surveys; land reclamation; erosion control, desertification control.

Agricultural water resources:

Irrigation, reservoirs, hydraulic structures, ground water exploitation for agricultural use.

Agricultural inputs:

Supply of seeds, fertilizers, agricultural machinery/equipment.

Food crop production:

Including grains (wheat, rice, barley, maize, rye, oats, millet, sorghum); horticulture; vegetables; fruit and berries; other annual and perennial crops.

Industrial crops/export crops:

Including sugar; coffee, cocoa, tea; oil seeds, nuts, kernels; fiber crops; tobacco; rubber.


Animal husbandry; animal feed aid.


Staple food processing, dairy products, slaughter houses and equipment, meat and fish processing and preserving, oils/fats, sugar refineries, beverages/tobacco, animal feeds production.

Agricultural extension:

Non-formal training in agriculture.

Agricultural research:

Plant breeding, physiology, genetic resources, ecology, taxonomy, disease control, agricultural bio-technology; including livestock research (animal health, breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology).

Agricultural services:

Marketing policies & organization; storage and transportation, creation of strategic reserves.

Plant and post-harvest protection and pest control:

Including integrated plant protection, biological plant protection activities, supply and management of agrochemicals, supply of pesticides, plant protection policy and legislation.

Agricultural financial services:

Financial intermediaries for the agricultural sector including credit schemes; crop insurance.

Agricultural co-operatives:

Including farmers’ organizations.

Livestock/veterinary services:

Animal health and management, genetic resources, feed resources.

Forestry policy and administrative management:

Forestry sector policy, planning and programs; institution capacity building and advice; forest surveys; unspecified forestry and agro-forestry activities.

Forestry development:

Afforestation for industrial and rural consumption; exploitation and utilization; erosion control, desertification control; integrated forestry projects.

Forestry research:

Including artificial regeneration, genetic improvement, production methods, fertilizer, harvesting.

Fishing policy and administrative management:

Fishing sector policy, planning and programs; institution capacity building and advice; ocean and coastal fishing; marine and freshwater fish surveys and prospecting; fishing boats/equipment; unspecified fishing activities.

Fishery development:

Exploitation and utilization of fisheries; fish stock protection; aquaculture; integrated fishery projects.

Fishery research:

Pilot fish culture; marine/freshwater biological research.

Fishery services:

Fishing harbors; fish markets; fishery transport and cold storage.

Agricultural policy and administrative management:

Agricultural sector policy, planning and programs; aid to agricultural ministries;  institution capacity building and advice; unspecified agriculture.