Skip to navigation Skip to main content Skip to site map


Project Brief

Summaries of proposed guarantees are provided prior to Board consideration and before final contract signing, and they are therefore subject to change. Project briefs are disclosed after Board consideration and contract signing and reflect the terms of the project at the time of contract signature. Environmental and Social Review Summaries are provided for projects assigned an Environmental Assessment Category of A or B.


Project name
Fruitful Valley
Project ID
Fiscal year
Not Active
Guarantee holder
UniFruit Ltd.
Investor country
United Kingdom
Host country
Environmental category
Date SPG disclosed
December 20, 2011
Project Board date
January 24, 2012
Gross exposure
 $2.9 million
Project type
Strategic priority area

View Summary of Proposed Guarantee

On March 29, 2012, MIGA issued a guarantee of $2.9 million to UniFruit Limited of the United Kingdom covering its investment in Fruitful Valley in Ethiopia. The coverage is for a period of up to 10 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The project consists of the establishment of the “Fruitful Valley” fruit and vegetable farm by UniFruit Limited (Ethiopia Branch) in Tigray Province. Fruitful Valley plans to cultivate vegetables and fruits such as garlic, onions, pumpkin, strawberries, asparagus, raspberries, boysenberries, and grapes on 1,000 hectares of land leased from the government. The majority of fruits and vegetables will be exported to European and Middle Eastern countries and some will be supplied to local markets.

The project is expected create about 300 local jobs during phase one and provide public services and amenities to surrounding villages. It will also generate tax revenues for the government and transfer skills and modern agricultural equipment to local farmers.

The project is aligned with the World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy for Ethiopia which calls for fostering economic growth. By providing jobs and service in rural communities, it will help contribute to the reduction of rural-urban migration. It is also aligned with MIGA’s strategic objective of promoting investment into the world’s poorest countries. The project was underwritten through MIGA’s Small Investment Program.

The World Bank Group logo