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Modern food supply technology 'key to affordable food' - SciDev.Net

Modern food supply technology 'key to affordable food' - SciDev.Net | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

The modernisation of farm-to-market supply chains is important for increasing farmers' income, alleviating poverty, cutting food waste and improving the affordability of food staples, according to the authors of a book.

The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains: Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger is a joint project by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that was launched last month. The book examines the movement of rice and potatoes from the farm to the consumer — known as the 'value chain' — in three Asian countries: Bangladesh, China and India. Rice and potato are food staples in Asia.

 

SPEED READThe spread of cold storage has stabilised the price of staple crops and reduced wasteMobile phones allow farmers to cut out middlemen capturing a better share of the profit for their produceGovernments should invest more in food supply research, says an expert
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Why cut OPIC?, art entrepreneurship, the business case for shareholder activism

Why cut OPIC?, art entrepreneurship, the business case for shareholder activism | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Impact investors rally behind OPIC. The Overseas Private Investment Corp. has championed impact investing and multiplied meager foreign-aid dollars by helping U.S. companies create jobs, increase…
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The Rise Fund

The Rise Fund | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The Rise Fund is a global impact fund led by private equity firm TPG in collaboration with a group of renowned stakeholders.
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TPG’s Rise Fund comes out of the gates with a big edtech investment in EverFi | ImpactAlpha

TPG’s Rise Fund comes out of the gates with a big edtech investment in EverFi | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
One of the big questions around the Rise Fund, the new impact investing fund from private equity firm TPG Growth, has been where the fund will put the $2 billion it has said it is raising.
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Openimpact.ca profiles more than 150 Canadian impact investing products | ImpactAlpha

Openimpact.ca profiles more than 150 Canadian impact investing products | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Openimpact.ca debuted with information on more than 150 Canadian impact investing products. The public database provides a detailed look into Canada’s C$9 billion ($6.6 billion) market for impact investing.
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How entrepreneurs can lead with purpose

How entrepreneurs can lead with purpose | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
A world where business is motivated primarily by profit – is no longer an option. Consumers, customers, investors and prospective employees are increasingly drawn to companies that want to do more than make money – companies that want to be of service to society and the environment.
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The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development

The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.
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Michigan tests 'pay-for-success' model for diabetes prevention

Michigan tests 'pay-for-success' model for diabetes prevention | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
A new type of financing is linking private investors who want to do good — and make some money in the process — with not-for-profits looking to get upfront funding for programs where they're paid for results.
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Most European insurers ignore responsible investment criteria according to AXA IM

Most European insurers ignore responsible investment criteria according to AXA IM | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Only one-in-three European insurance companies take environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into account when investing, and most of these do so because of regulatory pressure, according to a survey by Axa IM.
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Why impact investing needs Silicon Valley

Why impact investing needs Silicon Valley | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
RT @UBS: #SiliconValley x #ImpactInvesting.
Here's why there is a synergy: https://t.co/uDFUKQWpv8 https://t.co/287pXF2RUJ
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Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy

Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy https://t.co/hourbEmdB1. @micheleweldon
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The five biggest myths about impact investing

The five biggest myths about impact investing | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
It is time to put the old perceptions and uninformed impressions to rest.
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Earth Finance: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance

Earth Finance: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Consider this: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation, according to Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co., is eight times even the more generous current…
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SDGs for SRI investors – Eurosif’s survey findings

SDGs for SRI investors – Eurosif’s survey findings | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
The most relevant strategies for #SDGs are #ImpInv, sustainability themed investments and #ESG integration.➡️ https://t.co/1JPAzD4s4G
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How Do ESG Factors Impact Fixed Income Investing?

How Do ESG Factors Impact Fixed Income Investing? | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Hermes argues that credit ratings, as a pure measure of risk when investing in bonds, should pick up ESG scores and corresponding ESG risks
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Guarantees Leverage Capital for Impact Investors, Study Finds

Guarantees Leverage Capital for Impact Investors, Study Finds | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it

Scaling the Use of Guarantees in U.S. Community Investing (58 pages, PDF), argues that for foundations with experience making impact investments, guarantees are especially well suited for generating more impact without necessarily requiring additional liquidity. Funded by the Kresge Foundation, the report highlights case studies of how unfunded and funded guarantees have been used in the housing, healthcare, and energy efficiency sectors to mitigate risks related to liquidity, unfamiliarity with the sector, and uncertain geographic markets, thereby stimulating private-sector investment.

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Macquarie buys U.K. Green Investment Bank for $2.9 billion | ImpactAlpha

Macquarie buys U.K. Green Investment Bank for $2.9 billion | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Macquarie, an Australian bank known for its infrastructure financing, led the purchase of theBritish government’s Green Investment Bank for £2.3 billion ($2.9 billion). Macquarie, which was joined by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a U.K.
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Reorienting financial flows: the $12 trillion question

Reorienting financial flows: the $12 trillion question | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
A recent report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) claims to have identified market opportunities related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worth at least $12…
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Here’s what you need to know about 23 of the world’s fintech unicorns

Here’s what you need to know about 23 of the world’s fintech unicorns | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
How familiar are you with the world’s highest-valued fintechs? Check out these 23 fintech unicorns with a cumulative value of $75bn.
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The Next 25 Years

The Next 25 Years | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
To celebrate its first quarter century, Worth asked 25 leaders in fields ranging from healthcare to finance to travel what the coming 25 years will hold. Here are their predictions. 
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Blended Finance - OECD

Blended finance is the strategic use of public or private funds, including concessional tools, to mobilise additional capital flows (public and/or private) to emerging and frontier markets and represents one approach that has the potential to attract new sources of funding to the biggest global challenges.
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Richard Gilbert and Don Seville: How Can Companies Harness the SDGs to Strengthen Smallholder Supply Chains? – Business Fights Poverty

Richard Gilbert and Don Seville: How Can Companies Harness the SDGs to Strengthen Smallholder Supply Chains? – Business Fights Poverty | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In the food and agricultural sectors it estimates that achieving the SDGs could unlock 14 major business opportunities worth US$2.3 trillion annually by 2030, for example reducing food waste in value chains could be worth US$405 billion to the private sector.
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Earth Day: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance | ImpactAlpha

Earth Day: Nine Ideas to Bridge the Gap in Conservation Finance | ImpactAlpha | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
Consider this: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation, according to Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Co., is eight times even the more generous current estimates of total conservation financing.
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India: Hero Enterprises to invest $15.5m in Aavishkaar Bharat Fund | NextBillion

India: Hero Enterprises to invest $15.5m in Aavishkaar Bharat Fund | NextBillion | Social Finance Matters (investing and business models for good) | Scoop.it
In India, @HeroEnterprises to invest $15.5 million in impact investor Aavishkaar Bharat’s fund (via @DealStreetAsia) https://t.co/9mDcxlCN5f
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