Livelihoods carbon &3F
Tackling rural poverty, environmental degradation and climate change by helping smallholder farmers sustainably improve their livelihoods, through investment funds.
"A major challenge for both rural communities and the private sector is to increase productivity whilst better preserving scarce natural resources. New investment models, like the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, are necessary in tackling these challenges."
Bernard Giraud, President of Livelihoods Venture.
people positively impacted
million trees planted
Building on the success and learnings from that fund a second investment fund was launched in 2015 – the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F). Danone and Mars, Inc., founding investors of this Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, have now been joined by Firmenich and Veolia. This fund is planning to invest €120 million in projects which will have a positive impact on two million people’s lives by converting 200,000 small farms to smart and sustainable agricultural practices.
These two Livelihoods Funds both support the efforts of poor rural communities in developing countries to restore their natural ecosystems. They have proven that smart investment can improve peoples food security, increase their economic revenues and contribute to raising livelihoods.
The Funds goal is to implement large-scale projects, thanks to the investment capacity provided by a strong coalition of investors, maximizing social, environmental and economic impacts for local communities. Projects are built through partnerships with local communities, NGOs, public and private actors over a long term (10 to 20 years) horizon.
The Livelihoods Fund provides the group of corporate investors with innovative investment models, with results-based returns to ensure maximum efficiency of projects. The first fund was based on the carbon economy. The aim of the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming is to sustainably transform the supply chains of companies by helping smallholder farmers shift to smart agricultural practices and by connecting them to markets.
Livelihoods has nine active projects around the world and new projects are currently being implemented in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Mangrove forests restauration in Indonesia
With the support of the NGO Yagasu, coastal villagers in Sumatra restored mangroves to protect their shoreline, ensuring the safety of the local population and sustaining food and income sources.
In the severely deforested of Araku Valley, the Livelihoods Fund worked in partnership with the Naandi Foundation in an ambitious agroforestry project that brings thriving livelihoods to marginalized communities.
The Government of Guatemala is partnering with the Livelihoods Fund and the local NGO Fundaeco to implement a community reforestation project in the mountain range of Cerro San Gil.
Reforestation in Guatemala
To tackle severe deforestation in the country, Livelihoods Fund, in collaboration with NGO Tiipaalga, is empowering women to build efficient cooking stoves themselves thanks to free raw materials and with positive effects on women’s activities, health, safety and wood consumption.
Rural energy in Burkina Faso
Agroforestry & sustainable supply chains in Kenya
Upstream Lake Victoria, the project simultaneously tackles poverty, environmental degradation and sustainable supply chains. It involves 30,000 farmers and aims to restoring 20,000 hectares through agroforestry. An innovative partnership has been signed with Brookside, a local milk company, in which Danone owns a stake, for the sale of milk produced by the farmers over 10 a year period.
To learn more, visit their official website