The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to lend €7.8m to help set up an innovative programme to increase quality yoghurt production in Russia. The money will be used to improve milk supplies to the Russian dairy arm of the Danone Group, which an EBRD statement said had been suffering from "the lack of sufficient fresh quality milk in Russia." Funds will be given to Danone and Russia's Small Business Credit Bank, which will be lent on to dairy producers, enabling them to buy or lease new equipment.