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Thematic Area:

Rural & Smart Agri-finance Development


2019 - 2020


European Investment Bank (EIB)



Country Coverage:           

24 Member States of the EU27 (except Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus)

Project Overview

The use of financial instruments supported from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) aims at stimulating rural development and the utilisation of rural development funds. The overall objective of the Project is to provide additional capacity to EIB and the European Commission (EC; DG AGRI) in the preparation of a set of EU country-specific market analyses of the financial needs in two sectors: agriculture and agri-food. The two sectors have to be analysed separately based on relevant data and the need for its collection. Common features for each sector should be presented at the aggregate EU level, whereas the resulting set of reports could be used for the EAFRD programmes and Common Agricultural Policy strategic plans for the next EU budget-programming period 2021-27.

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As part of a Consortium, Frankfurt School worked on 12 of the 24 country-specific financial market reports through the following core activities:

  • Market assessment on the financing needs of the agriculture and agri-food sectors;
  • Assessing the needs and constraints of young farmers and new entrants to agriculture and agri-food activities;
  • Providing advice – stemming from the analysis – on potential instruments capable of responding to the identified financing gap;
  • Identifying the technical support needs to increase the investment readiness of the target group, e.g., business plan and feasibility study for the underlying project; and,

Providing editorial and proofreading support as well as formatting according to EIB and EC guidelines. Find all country-specific financial market reports here.