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Sustainable Food

What is Sustainable Food?

Sustainable food certainly means investing in organic and fair-trade food production. But it also means ensuring that smallholder farmers are treated fairly, that the agricultural value chain is optimized and efficient, therefore reducing waste, and that climate-smart practices are made commonplace in order to sustainably feed an ever-growing population.

Smallholder Farmers make up roughly 34% of the work force in emerging markets. Investing in companies that value them, support their education, enable them with technology and pay them appropriately is essential to global food production.

Processing & Distribution includes essential value chain players, from logistics to export to the retail market. Most food is not produced where it is consumed, so investing to make sure these players are sustainable is crucial for food supply and for the climate.

Organic Production and Fair-Trade Certifications means healthier food and more money in the hands of the farmers, but it also means investing in sustainable farming methods to meet the demands of over 9 billion people in 2050 while maintaining a healthy planet.

Climate-Smart Agriculture is a must, as 20-30% of global GHG emissions are from food and agriculture globally. From drip-irrigation to high-tech weather-monitoring and harvesting, now is the time to invest in climate-smart technology.

Agriculture Value Chain investments include companies who provide credit to farmers and small and medium-sized companies across the value chain, organic supply chain management companies, farm-to-table food companies and much more.

Sustainable Food Impact and Key SDGS

Improve rural livelihoods by supporting companies that source from smallholder farmers and rural SMEs.
Protect the local environment and biodiversity by financing agricultural value chain actors that apply sustainable practices.
Strengthen agricultural value chains, boosting local economies and improving market linkages.

Why invest in sustainable food?

Demand increase

by 60%

By 2050, food production needs to increase by 60% to feed around 9.15 billion people

Growth market (USD)

5 trillion

The food sector forms a USD 5 trillion market

Underinvested (USD)

83 billion

The sector requires investments of USD 83 billion annually to counter the supply and demand mismatch

Sustainable Food in the News

responsAbility adds leading organic products company Suminter to its portfolio

Second investment for food and agriculture focused private equity fund Read press release

responsAbility selected for 10 year program to boost resilience of smallholder farmers

Innovative finance in sustainable agriculture Read press release

Private equity investment in Wingreens Farms

responsAbility’s food and agriculture private equity fund fully invested 28 months after first closing Read press release

Starbucks partners with responsAbility

The Starbucks Global Farmer Fund has invested USD 20 million in a responsAbility agriculture debt fund! Read article

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Our Sustainable Food Team

Private Debt

Suhasini Singh

Head of Sustainable Food Debt / Country Director India Link to full profile

Mauricio Benitez

Sectorial Specialist, Food Systems Link to full profile

Private Equity

Rik Vyverman

Head of Sustainable Food Equity Link to full profile

Akshay Dua

Regional Head of Sustainable Food Equity APAC Link to full profile

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