Leveraging Finance to where it is needed most within the food system

On 13 September, NFP and ECDPM organised an online open conversation to present the methodology and usefulness of a new tool that is designed to leverage more finance to where it's most needed within the food system and value chain.

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Download the meeting report

Ensuring that our food systems are more sustainable is crucial for the health of our planet and people, and to tackle global food insecurity, now greatly worsened by the effects of the war in Ukraine. This requires action across a range of policy areas and vast investments. Transformational change entails employing a food system approach, meaning thinking and acting in a way that considers the entire food system, including the actors, activities and regulations that characterise the system, the way these “elements” interact and the outcomes these interactions generate.

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), developed an investment methodology for sustainable food systems under the AgrInvest-Food Systems Project and tested it in four countries. The methodology is expected to be a useful tool to facilitate the financing of investments into agri-food systems aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, it aims to leverage more finance to where it is needed most within the food system.

The report contains links to the methodology itself, to the presentation by ECDPM during the on-line meet-up, to documentation of the four pilots. Next to that the report includes the appreciation of the methodology by the participants and their recommendations.

Download the meeting report through the link above or download a short briefing note by ECDPM that summarises the methodology and key lessons learned in this 4-pager here.