By continuing a business-as-usual approach to the global food systems, we continue to perpetuate negative externalities that diminish the quality of food produced, undermine the rights and well-being of farmers and producers, and perversely affects soil, water quality and biodiversity. Thus, we need a transformation in the way we invest in our food systems that will create a healthy and equitable food systems for communities and the environment.
This report provides a roadmap for investors for creative finance strategies that support entrepreneurs, farmers, activists and social movements that transform local food economies and achieve a sustainable, equitable and secure food systems. Transformational business models require a blended finance approach in order to accelerate their environmental and social impact. Many food-system initiatives and transformational businesses have benefitted from catalytic, blended and flexible as well as grants and technical assistance.