Speakers tackled a diverse range of topics at the event, held at a time of intense innovation to meet the challenges of the drive towards more sustainable farming with nature- and climate-positive impacts.
Ahead of this month’s World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London, investors in the sector discuss what startups can do to attract more investors and keep their own finances under control, as borrowing costs soar.
The $122m project provides much needed green energy to Djibouti, which relies on fossil fuel imports to supply ailing power stations, and would have been near-impossible to build without using blended finance.
Respondents show optimism over impact investment opportunities, an improved landscape for specialist recruitment and progress towards impact measurement harmonisation, but are less happy about regulatory developments.
Legatum is the largest private investor in the $100m SDG Outcomes Fund developed by UBS Optimus Foundation and Bridges Outcomes Partnerships. CEO Mark Stoleson explains why they are backing this blended finance structure.
A risk sharing backstop facility supported by the UK government is running alongside credit guarantees provided by Nigeria’s InfraCredit to make local investment in rural mobile networks more attractive.
Investments aim to facilitate the adoption of climate-positive technologies by smaller Indian companies, mitigating carbon emissions in one of the world’s largest and most rapidly developing economies.
Pension funds are placing too much reliance on a group of “self-referential” economic advisers rather than seeking out the lates scientific advice on climate change, putting investors’ money at risk, according to report.
A group of clerics, impact investment specialists, academics, journalists and activists are to advise the church on establishing the fund, which will focus to a large degree on investments in communities affected by historic slavery.
CFM, a venture co-owned by FMO, has taken a 32% stake in Release, a Norwegian-owned developer of modular solar energy and battery storage solutions for mines and utilities in off-grid or poorly connected areas of Africa.
The investment will help Mombak to scale up its operational and technology systems, as it implements a $100m strategy to reforest parts of the Amazon basin, generating carbon removal credits by capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
The investment is the latest from the Swiss investor’s second Sustainable Food-Asia fund and supports a company that has established itself as a key player in Indonesia’s aquaculture sector in less than a decade.
Private equity is the most popular way for UK pension funds to make impact investments, but a wider geographical spread and greater attention to additionality would improve effectiveness, according to Pensions for Purpose.
The standards are intended to provide a baseline for sustainability disclosures that can be widely adopted globally, giving investors insight into how companies are tackling climate change-related impacts.
The hosts say the summit marked a step up in ambitions to reform multilateral institutions and mobilise public and private investment in low-income countries. But its success will be judged in terms of what happens next.
Pension funds and asset owners should be warming to the potential and necessity of biodiversity-themed investments, according to Pensions for Purpose, which produced the report commissioned by Gresham House.
The partnership aims to mobilise institutional capital for private sector projects in Africa via the ILX Fund I, which is backed by Dutch pension funds. It will also support a new fund set to be launched in coming months.
The European Investment Fund is helping to facilitate investments in Portuguese firms targeting the energy transition, climate resilience, sustainable use of the marine environment and the circular economy.
The Article 9 fund will invest primarily in Africa and Asia. US International Development Finance Corporation, Swedfund, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and other partners will provide capital and guarantees.
The capital will go to social enterprises providing support to those struggling with the cost of living crisis and back energy saving solutions. Local communities will have larger say over spending priorities via new community wealth funds.
UK-based Macmillan Cancer Support’s new fund will invest in startups developing cancer care products and technology. 52North, developer of at-home testing kit for neutropenic sepsis, is the fund’s first investment
The funding came from an investor consortium led by Invest-NL, ABN Amro Sustainable Impact Fund and Quadia and will help the Dutch company to expand its business, finance product development and scale up impact
Tim Gocher, CEO of Dolma Impact Fund, set out to show investors it was possible to make both impact and financial returns in Nepal with his two private equity funds focused on the underdeveloped Himalayan kingdom.
The Blue Mediterranean Partnership was launched at the COP27 climate talks in Egypt by the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Union for the Mediterranean.
The food giant says urgent action is required to combat the loss of coffee growing areas due to climate change, as it announces it will support the transition to regenerative agriculture in countries where it sources its coffee from
ASN Impact Investors is asking for help from the public to find listed companies which don’t damage nature. So far, the investor has only identified three companies that fit the bill, representing 0.01% of publicly listed companies
EU plans to introduce a social taxonomy have been put on hold until at least the end of this parliamentary term, with lack of political will and absence of international standards to measure social impact cited as main stumbling blocks
A UK court has given the government eight months to spell out its net zero plans, as the number of court cases attempting to hold governments and companies to account over their climate policies continues to soar
The new investment manager, Akaria Natural Capital, will invest in natural climate solutions projects in south-east Asia and aims to help promote better understanding of nature-oriented capital allocation
Anti-corruption measures are often placed too low on investors’ decision-making agenda. As first movers, impact investors can play a key role in promoting high standards of business integrity in emerging and frontier markets
Social outcomes contracts can deliver great results and should be deployed more, according to research from Big Society Capital which looks back at the first decade of these pioneering social investment vehicles
Pangea Impact Investments seeks to attract clients looking for a home for their pensions, who have qualms about the ESG offering of major providers and want to invest in an “entirely positive impact portfolio”
GIIN has opened a public comment period for its upcoming guidelines for impact investing in listed equities. Separately, the organisation has added new impact themes to its IRIS+ system, including racial equity
British International Investment, the UK’s development finance institution, is funding a bond arranged by Symbiotics. It will provide loans to MSME banks offering green lending to small-scale borrowers in Africa and Asia
The foundation is increasing exposure to impact investments from £22m (€26.7m) to £100m, the largest impact investment allocation by an UK charitable endowment, prioritising investments that create better health outcomes
Investment in social jobs is critical for economic success, according to reports published during last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos. The importance of integrating refugees in local job markets was also at debate
Private equity firm Lightrock, owned by LGT Group, has raised $300m for its latest fund which will back purpose-driven entrepreneurs across Latin America, as part of its plans to increase investments in the region
Axa, Tikehau Capital and Unilever have joined forces to launch a new regenerative agriculture fund, showing increased interest in a sector which can play a major role in tackling both land degradation and climate change
The Landscape Resilience Fund and the IDH Farmfit Fund are investing in Swiss-Ghanaian cocoa social enterprise Koa to build new processing facilities and provide more income generating opportunities for farmers
The International Finance Corporation together with other development finance institutions and impact investors are providing a $165m credit facility to Nairobi-based Equity Group to support lending to MSMEs
Infinity Recycling’s Circular Plastics Fund has made its first investment by acquiring a 20% stake in Pryme, the cleantech company behind Europe’s single largest plastic waste advanced recycling project in Rotterdam
Cardano Development is joining forces with a team of housing experts to create a platform to build affordable housing and associated social infrastructure across Africa, starting in Morocco and Tunisia
Being an impact-driven organisation linked to a corporation can be challenging. A new report and risk assessment tool launched by EVPA aim to help social corporate investors assess and safeguard their impact integrity
The African Development Bank has launched a multi-donor trust fund seeking to stimulate the growth of the continent’s circular economy, with support from the Finnish government and the Nordic Development Fund
Global debt issuance related to all forms of climate and sustainability-related themes, including green, social and transition bonds, rose to nearly $1.1 trillion in 2021, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative