Imagine a global food system built on socially and environmentally responsible enterprises rooted in agroecology. How can agroecology-based businesses and cooperatives join hands with social movements advocating for system change? What if these agroecological enterprises – from small to big – had all the capital they needed?
While more and more foundations are beginning to make grants to agroecology movements, practitioners, researchers and advocates, few invest their endowments in businesses, cooperatives and entrepreneurs. But agroecology as a movement, practice and research exists alongside organic, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture enterprises. Convergence based on shared values can significantly amplify agroecology. This webinar will address why and how philanthropy can help overcome this capital gap. We’ll look at questions like: How can foundations’ investment capital help to transform food systems for smallholder agroecological farmers? What are the challenges and downsides of this strategy?
We will hear from food investment pioneers about how they see the landscape for investing in agricultural systems and related processing and distribution businesses that value the ecological, nutritional, and equity aspects of food systems. This will be an entry-level conversation; any and all questions most welcome.