The roles of enterprise, community, finance, and philanthropy.

September 16
16:00 - 18:30 CET / 7:00 - 9:30 US Pacific

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Agroecological, regenerative, Indigenous, and similar nature-based systems substantially contribute to transforming agriculture and food systems to deliver positive outcomes for people and the planet. Entrepreneurial farmers, cooperatives, food processing groups, companies and marketing initiatives at various levels are working alongside governments and civil society organizations to promote the widespread creation of agroecological systems. Agroecological enterprises need investments and a supportive business and policy environment to thrive. 


Much collaborative work is needed to improve access to knowledge and finance for inspiring and promising enterprises and to create innovative funding models to better serve this growing and dynamic sector. This event contributes to ongoing learning exchanges among entrepreneurs, policy makers, funders, investors and civil society organisations on increasing investments in agroecological, regenerative and Indigenous enterprises.

Please join us at this event to:

  1. Increase the understanding among public and private investors of how enterprises contribute to food systems transformation. 

  2. Explore pathways for scaling agroecology, regeneration and Indigenous pathways based on lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors active in this field.

  3. Identify how you can contribute to co-development of strategies to grow the agroecological, regenerative, and Indigenous sectors.


0:00 - 0:10


Michelle Grant, The Great Full, Switzerland - Moderator

0:10 - 0:20

Opening Remarks

Frank Eyhorn, Biovision Foundation, Switzerland

0:20 - 0:30

Setting the Stage: an example of enterprises contributing to food system transformation

Charles Mulozi Olweny, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa-AFSA, Uganda

The speaker will provide an overview of support needs of agroecological, regenerative, and Indigenous enterprises, including findings from a study of the support needs of agroecological enterprises in Africa.

0:30 - 1:10

Investing in supply chains and regional markets.

Panel Members: 

Strengthening local and regional markets is critical for growing the business sector for agroecological, regenerative, and Indigenous systems. Various enterprises are building supply chains that connect producers to conscious consumers in their communities. These enterprises use diverse revenue streams – and aligned, integrated capital – to create positive financial and non-financial outcomes.

1:10 - 1:25

Participant Input and Break regarding key barriers and potential solutions for scaling the agroecological, regenerative, and Indigenous enterprise sectors.

1:25 - 2:00

Growing the agroecology sector through global markets

Panel Members: 

Global markets for high-value products provide opportunities for multiple co-benefits to communities building agroecological, regenerative, and Indigenous systems. A panel of entrepreneurs, service providers and investors will discuss lessons for increasing the flow of private and public capital for relevant enterprises.

2:00 - 2:10

Expert Input 

Tanja Havemann, Clarmondial, Switzerland


What are opportunities to attract commercial capital into relevant business sectors? What will make it easier for institutional investors to “say yes to” agroecological, regenerative and Indigenous investing?

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2:10 - 2:15

Next Steps

Rex Raimond, Transformational Investing in Food Systems Initiative (TIFS), USA

Opportunities for participants to engage in ongoing work, including the TIFS community, investment marketplaces, agroecology accelerator, and a Solutions Lab.

2:15 - 2:25

Closing Comments

Marylaure Crettaz Corredor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland

Reflections on improving coordination of public and private finance to support social enterprises and food systems transformation.

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