A 2015 report cast the opportunity to secure the world’s food supply by 2030 as a $2.3 trillion annual opportunity that could create 80 million jobs, 90% of them in developing countries. Areas of opportunity included better fertilizers, improved data analysis, sustainable production and aquaculture, innovations in food processing and logistics and reductions in food waste.
Freeformers, a London-based startup, offers training and coaching to help job seekers “increase their chances of being employable, successful and productive in a digital world.” The £1.2 million ($1.7 million) investment was made by impact investment firm Impact Ventures UK. Freeformers partners with large companies like Barclays and Tesco, a supermarket chain. It offers free training
Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original No Excuses: Pension funds tell companies to account for, disclose, and reduce carbon risk. It’s been easy for some corporations to reach for reasons not to act on climate change, or at least not to tell anybody what they’re doing. Not anymore. The “Investor Agenda” presented at the biannual
It’s been easy for some corporations to reach for reasons not to act on climate change, or at least not to tell anybody what they’re doing. Not anymore. At first glance, the “Investor Agenda” presented at the biannual Climate Risk conference in New York might seem full of bland platitudes. But the four-part plan includes a
Off-Grid Energy Half of Nigerians lack reliable access to electricity PC: Resource The Lagos, Nigeria-based company has developed home and business solar systems that integrate with Nigeria’s power grid. Half of Nigerians lack reliable access to electricity and spend $14 billion on individual power sources, like diesel generators. Rensource subscribers register for one of four plans,
Inclusive Economy The fund has issued about $350 million in loans since 2011 Sanad Fincluders Startup Challenge Amman 2017 | PC: EU Neighbours SANAD, a microfinance investor, issued the loan to Egypt’s sixth largest bank, Banque du Cirque, to increase lending to small businesses. In Egypt, more than 2.5 million small businesses are responsible for more
The U.S. affiliate of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank has raised $11 million for its Social Business Fund. The fund will expand lending to financially underserved women entrepreneurs across the bank’s 20 U.S. branches. Grameen America launched in 2008 and has disbursed more than $820 million in small, short-term loans, starting as small as $1,500. Repayment