Investors wake up to a $2.3 trillion opportunity in sustainable food and agriculture

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 raises £1.2 million to support workforce development

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

Pension funds demand climate risk disclosure, a New Orleans revival, Mark Cuban’s student debt…

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

Pension funds tell companies: ‘No excuses’ for inaction on climate change

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

Rensource raises $3.5 million for renewable power subscriptions

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,

SANAD makes $10 million loan for Egypt’s small businesses

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

Grameen America closes first microfinance impact fund

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