Category: Transition finance

Satish Kumar – Be humble, you can’t outsmart nature

Philosopher, founder and director of Programmes of the Schumacher College, International Centre for ecological studies, Satish is Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist. In 1973 he walked 8000 miles to spread the message of peace around the world from New Delhi to Washington DC via Moscow, Paris and London. Among other books, Satish wrote Soil, Soul, Society: A New Trinity for Our Timed Society.

Soil Regeneration: The Four Keys to Restoring Healthy Soil

Guaranteeing access to sufficient nutrients to the entire global population, which is set to reach 10 billion by 2050, will force a radical rethinking of the current agri-food system. The industrial, linear model of farming has created diversity-free systems that require enormous quantities of pesticides and chemical fertilisers to keep yields high. Cropping and farming practices, with their intensive use of inputs, have led to the exhaustion and erosion of soil and natural systems. The long-term health and resilience of our ecosystem are in danger. However, this trend can and must be reversed.

Annette Mueller on managing over 2000 hectares biodynamically and selling everything directly to the end consumer for more than 40 years

Fattoria La Vialla di Gianni, Antonio e Bandino Lo Franco has managed hectares of land using organic farming since 1978. With La Vialla’s communication manager Annette Mueller we discuss why we need to invest more money in the fertility and biodiversity of the soil and also the estate’s success in direct-to-consumer distribution.

Laura Ortiz, Let financiers being seduced by Latin America biodiversity wealth

A conversation with Laura Ortiz, social entrepreneur, chief purpose officer and co founder of SVX Mexico. Laura joins us to talk about how “transformative finance” is the portal towards regenerative investments and how SVX’s “currency” is trust.

Pierre Rousseau on how large banks finance the regeneration transition

Pierre Rousseau, the Senior Advisor of BNP Paribas’ Sustainable Business, joins us to talk about the role of banks in regenerative transition. He also talks about how monetising externalities can revolutionise the way you do business.

Nathalie Whitaker and Mike Taitoko, regenerating New Zealand’s dairy industry focussing on water not carbon

A conversation with Nathalie Whitaker and Mike Taitoko, co-founders of Toha, which is building a one-of-a-kind global marketplace with climate and environment impact at its heart.

Benjamin Ware on how Nestlé, doing $93 billion a year in sales, is getting serious about regeneration

This conversation with Benjamin Ware, manager of Responsible Sourcing for Nestlé, explores the role of large corporations in regenerative agriculture. As this is a transition, it is a slow process so don’t expect Nestlé to buy 100% regenerative products in 10 years and there might be a role for some chemical inputs in the transition.

Phil Taylor and Brandon Welch, the first investments of Mad Ag’s $10 million fund

Phil Taylor and Brandon Welch of the Perennial Fund and MAD Agriculture just closed their fund of $10 million and the first four loans are out of the door, with many more to come. We discuss in this episode what they have learned about skin-in-the-game transition finance and partnering with farmers.

Robin Saluoks and Kristjan Luha on how to start paying 1500 grain farmers across 1M hectares for soil carbon

A check in interview with Robin Saluoks and Kristjan Luha, co- founders of eAgronom, a platform that enables farmers to manage and oversee their entire farm, employees, and fields. We discussed their current fundraising for their series A.