A $1.6 million technical cooperation with FIRA, the agricultural financing arm of the Mexican government, to promote more efficient energy and water use in the country’s food processing industry.


Studies of the Mexican food processing industry have observed that there is much improvement possible in terms of sustainably utilizing natural resources.

This program aims to support the efforts of the Government of Mexico to promote a more efficient use of natural resources in the rural sector. Its purpose is to channel funding through FIRA’s financial intermediaries so that these institutions in turn can grant medium and long-term loans to food processing companies and agricultural producers interested in undertaking investment projects that promote a more efficient use of energy and water.

Objectives and Outputs:

The program will pursue two interconnected objectives: (i) increase investments in energy efficiency and rational use of water; and (ii) build up the capacities of FIRA and other relevant market actors on the structuring, financing, monitoring and evaluation of economical and environmentally-friendly projects.

CTF grant resources of $1.6 million will be used to support the implementation of the energy efficiency sub-component of the Program. This sub-component will address informational and technical barriers and other real or perceived risks that have prevented the financing for energy efficiency investment projects. Additionally, funds will be directed to technical support for technical validation and verification as well as for monitoring and evaluation.

The program will offer training on the benefits that can be obtained through energy efficiency investments in terms of energy savings and GHG emission reductions. Consultations will be offered on the real or perceived risks associated with these type of projects as lack of knowledge in these areas have been observed as the primary impediments to significant energy efficiency investments.

The project expects 159.7 GWh of energy to be saved annually with a total target of 1,597 GWh over ten years.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Project Document | Proposed Decision
Approved on August 4, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 1.57 million (Project Preparation Grant)
USD 78,500 (MPIS)
Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (August 1, 2014)