Starting Point: Social finance for sustainable food, farming & fishing

Social Finance for Sustainable Food, Farming & Fishing

This starting point module aims to provide investors, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and community leaders in the food, farming and fishing sector with an overview of social finance – a tool for solving community-based problems.

The resources available are downloadable, and intended to be shared as you work through your own journey to determine if social finance is the tool for you.

This starting point module will explore social finance tools and resources specifically for sustainable food, farming and fishing. It will help answer the following questions:

  • Why do we need social finance for these sectors? – Framing the challenges & the opportunities
  • Who is involved in supplying capital? – Case Studies: The supply side
  • Who is using social finance – and how? – Case Studies: The demand side
  • What are the tools used in social finance? – Social finance tools & business models
  • How can we scale up social finance for these sectors? – Scaling activity and creating an enabling policy environment

But first, we must answer the question, what is social finance? This presentation will help to orient you to the concept of social finance and take an initial look at social finance at work in the sustainable food and agriculture sector.

Ready to get started? Explore the starting point topics

Why do we need social finance for these sectors? – Framing the challenges & the opportunities

Who is involved in supplying capital? – Case Studies: The supply side

Who is using social finance – and how? – Case Studies: The demand side

What are the tools used in social finance? – Social finance tools & business models

How can we scale up social finance for these sectors? – Scaling activity and creating an enabling policy environment


This Starting Point Module is presented by:

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With contributions by:

Sally Miller, Consultant & Researcher

Thank you to the support from:

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