Reforming Tunisia’s Grain Sector to Enhance Supply Chain Resilience



In the context of supply disruptions due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, this project is supporting Tunisia to improve the efficiency of its grain sector through greater private sector participation, improving its resilience to market shocks.


The EBRD and FAO are supporting Tunisia to improve the efficiency of its grain sector in response to vulnerabilities in supply chains and price spikes exposed by the Ukraine conflict. Like many southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) countries, Tunisia relies heavily on imports of wheat and barley, particularly from Ukraine and Russia. These shortfalls can only partly be compensated by finding alternative suppliers.


To help fill this vulnerability gap and support Tunisia in achieving long-term food security and resilience to future market shocks, this project is working to improve the efficiency of the country’s grain sector by addressing structural weaknesses and enhancing the role of the private sector. The objective is to create an improved business environment that will generate new investments from private and public sector stakeholders, international financial institutions, and development partners.


Analyze structural weaknesses and potential areas of improvement in the Tunisia grain sector through an in-depth assessment that will lead to the identification of policy options for increasing the efficiency of the sector including giving a greater role to private operators.  

Engage in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on policy options for reforming the grain sector by initiating public-private sector dialogues on the assessment findings, providing technical and policy advice, and sharing international best practices.

Provide training and capacity building to public and private sector players on grain-related topics and specific knowledge gaps identified through the assessment.

Monitor and report on the implementation of the project and the agreed reforms.


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