Agri-food report unveils strategies for sustainable finance

The Climate Bonds Initiative (Climate Bonds) has announced the release of its report, ‘Transition in Action Agri-Food’.

This delves into the intricate landscape of sustainable finance within the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector, offering key insights and strategies to both real economy actors and financial institutions for driving systemic change.

The report finds:

The transition is underway – The report highlights the ongoing transition towards sustainability within the AFOLU sector. It underscores the importance of sustainable finance in supporting this transition and outlines the critical role of various stakeholders, from start-ups to financial institutions, in driving implementation.

Climate Bonds sector criteria define sustainable debt instruments – Non-financial corporate entities and banks are encouraged to explore the latest Climate Bonds Sector Criteria on Agriculture Production (Crop and Livestock) and Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) Sourcing which transpose local financing needs into a harmonised sustainable finance framework aligned with IPCC recommendations.

Farmers need access to sustainable debt – The report stresses the importance of sustainable finance at the farm level, advocating for finance solutions that support farmers and lift them out of poverty. It emphasises the need for direct payments and sustainable supply chain finance to scale sustainable initiatives effectively.

Innovative financing solutions are needed – Collaboration among stakeholders along the value chain is key to accelerating the transition. The financial sector can play a significant role by offering sustainability-linked financing solutions and fostering cross-value chain collaborations.

Key Performance Indicators Must be Material – Sustainability-linked instrument KPIs should capture the complexity of the sector and not be restricted to scope 3 GHG emissions. The report provides examples of alternative KPIs tailored to each actor along the value chain.

Climate transition finance for AFOLU sector – Climate transition finance can be instrumental in supporting the AFOLU sector to become part of the climate solution, improve food security, and raise living standards. However, impactful investment must incorporate climate, green, and social considerations.

Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bonds Initiative, said “The release of the ‘Transition in Action Agri-food’ report marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to drive sustainability within the AFOLU sector. This report provides valuable insights and recommendations for leveraging sustainable finance to support the transition towards a more resilient and sustainable agri-food system.”

Read the report, Transition in Action Agri-Food


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