The Climate Smart Agriculture Case Studies Series is an initiative to spread awareness about Brazilian businesses that are already applying more sustainable agricultural systems while at the same time engaging smallholder farmers, being connected to environmental services valuation, and maintaining a market orientation.
Our intention is to show initiatives, projects, and businesses that are already being developed in a professional way and that have both growth and replicability potential. Many of the good cases are off the radar.
We show what others only tell.
In portraying cases, we go further than simple written reports: we provide an idea of how it feels to visit these projects.
Our intention is to make the experience tangible through videos, pictures, and interviews.
The Climate Smart Agriculture Case Studies Series is an integral part of the Market Assessment about Impact Investing in Agroforestry and Integrated Crop, Livestock and Forestry (iCLF) in Brazil.
During the Market Assessment, around 50 initiatives and businesses were mapped in Brazil in the Atlantic Forest, Cerrado (Brazilian Savanah), and Amazon biomes. A series of indicators were developed based on the SDGs, the Paris Agreement, the New York Declaration of Forests and the Soft Commodities Compact in order to assess these cases.
The initially selected cases reported in the Climate Smart Agriculture Case Studies Series derive from this list and scored highest in the rankings built by applying the indicators.
Six cases have been portrayed so far. Nevertheless, and luckily, there are several others being implemented.
The Market Assessment was developed with the support of Rabobank Foundation as part of the Kickstart Food Initiative. The concept development and project coordination was done by Alimi Impact Ventures, in cooperation with Impact Hub, CORS (Center for Organization Studies) from USP, WRI – Verena Project.
Why Climate Smart Agriculture?
The concept of Climate Smart Agriculture brings in a systems perspective and encompasses the practices of sustainable soil use, smallholder farmers engagement, integrated crop-forestry or cattle ranching-forestry, climate change resilience, and others. The term was proposed by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and WEF (World Economic Forum).
Rabobank Foundation & the Kickstart Earth Initiative
Rabobank Foundation is the social fund of Rabobank which, since 1974, has been investing in the self-sufficiency of disadvantaged groups. Rabobank Foundation uses its cooperative roots to promote and support agricultural cooperatives. It provides these cooperatives and their smallholder farmers access to finance, knowledge and networks. The Foundation is active in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In 2017, they supported 288 projects abroad and reached 4,886,869 small farmers. Rabobank Foundation is also active in the Netherlands to increase the self-sufficiency of vulnerable people. Today, over 50% of the soil on agricultural land around the world is degraded. The Foundation has been working with clients and partners like the World Wildlife Fund to promote best farming practices that can help restore and sustain the soil while increasing crop yields.
Through the Kickstart Earth Initiative, the Foundation aims at scaling up these and similar efforts around the world.
Alimi Impact Ventures
Alimi Impact Ventures is an advisory firm that assists companies, foundations, investors and fund managers seeking solutions – business modeling, strategic financial options, value chain analysis, new deals search and setup – to scale-up sustainable investing in climate smart agriculture and access to health care solutions in Latin America.
Our core expertise themes are: Agroforestry & Conservation, Access to Healthcare, and Sustainable Construction.
Our actions are consolidated into four main streams:
• To assess and develop investable deals;
• To engage large companies in sustainable investing from ESG compliance to venture philanthropy
• To promote and support a transformation leaders network
• Educational programs aiming at strengthening social finance and impact investing in Latin America
Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, the Impact Hub offers members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to increase impact. The Impact Hub believes a better world will evolve through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose.
Since 2012, the Impact Hub Global and WWF Switzerland have established a fellowship program in Biodiversity and Resource Efficiency.
Since 2017, the Impact Hub association, in partnership with the WWF, have launched the “Desafio Ambiental” (Environmental Challenge) in Brazil, which is a call to action for entrepreneurs in economically viable areas related to environmental restoration in Brazil
The Impact Hub adds a lot to this project due to its experience in fostering entrepreneurship through like-minded people sharing the same space, as well as its capillarity – which are both needed for the identification and incubation of investable deals in agroforestry and conservation.
CORS (Center for Organization Studies)
CORS is a research group based on a network of researchers from several universities and institutes, whose primary subject is the study of institutions and organizations by means of a multidisciplinary approach based on Economics and other applied social sciences.
It was founded as a Research Center at USP (the University of São Paulo), where it is based, in the School of Business Administration and Economics. It later expanded its network to other Brazilian and international universities.
The CORS research topics focus on organizational aspects of agribusinesses.
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