New report identifies key investment opportunities to make agriculture resilient

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There are needs and opportunities for catalytic capital to support and scale new climate-smart financial models for agriculture, according to a report by EDF and Climate and Forest Capital.

Catalytic capital is an investment capital where the investors accept reduced financial returns to bring about greater social or environmental impacts.

The report, Catalytic Capital and Agriculture: Opportunities to Invest in Healthy Soils, Resilient Farms and a Stable Climate, the promisisng investment opportunities for effective catalytic capital deployment are:

  1. Financing the transition from conventional agricultural practices to climate-smart practices
  2. Markets that place a value on the environmental improvements that farmers can deliver
  3. Support for local infrastructure to support, purchase, and value  climate-smart production

Read the full report at EDF.org

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