- Solving malnutrition will require a significant capital infusion in a more local, more sustainable, global food system able to deliver more affordable healthy food. That’s a big opportunity for impact investors.
- “There’s a mismatch between demand for sustainably grown products and the desire to support sustainable farming, and the capital available to farmers,” says Dan Miller, who has launched Steward, a new investment platform that aims to tap the power of small investors to bridge the funding gap for independent farmers.
BNP Paribas, ABN Amro and Rabobank are helping coffee giant Neumann Kaffee Gruppe expand its smallholder farmers' financing and support initiative, NKG BLOOM, with a $25 million loan.
The Dutch impact investor's $3.2 million loan will enable Kayonza Tea Factory and its farmer owners to build a second factory in nearby Mpungu.
- Iroquois Valley is the latest firm to open up once-exclusive impact investments to everyday investors, who have had limited opportunities to make investments that leave a positive mark on the world.
- The Vancouver-based company's Series B was led by two ag-focused funders: new investor Ospraie Ag Science and returning investor Seed2Growth (“S2G”) Ventures.
- The 14 startups from eight countries include Niger-based E3D, the neem products producer, Shoots & Roots, a South African commercial nursery, and Rejuvenate Umhlaba!, a Zimbabwe-based company creating a market for land restoration offsets in Africa.