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Panel Discussion
14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

The Role of Private Capital in Agroecology in the Global South

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14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Monday, 11 January

The Role of Private Capital in Agroecology in the Global South

Smallholder farmers in the global south represent some of the world’s most financially underserved communities. Often these farmers struggle to balance subsistence farming with the desire to invest in cash crops that would allow for increased income. By contrast, institutional and other private ethical, social and impact investors find it difficult to identify and support investment-ready smallholder farmer pipelines, primarily using private debt and private equity. Consequently, the tendency has been to invest in mid-sized and large operations. Are the capital markets well-positioned to support small agroecology enterprises?  How can the responsible investment community work with local stakeholders to develop and support pipelines of agroecological partners?

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