"One of the key areas for AFC going forward over the next five years is how to de-risk African infrastructure for institutional global capital. How are we able to make African investment attractive to global capital?
We do that by building a coalition of investors. We are looking at how to work with a coalition of investors from across the globe for African investment opportunities. We think it is improving."
In East Africa, communities are often excluded from existing financial systems and ignored by lending institutions. Kenya based Grassroots Economics creates Community Inclusion Currencies (CICs).
AfricaLive.net talks to Shalia Agha, Director of Grassroots Economics, about building a business model that works on trust and harmony.
Lessons from North America: Investors say agroforestry isn’t just climate friendly — it’s also profitable
Traditional investment models with need for fast returns have been seen as a barrier to attracting capital to regenerative agriculture and agroforestry projects.
However, investors are increasingly waking up to the opportunities to not only positively impact food supply and climate change but to ensure a healthy return on investment by transitioning away from conventional agriculture. A 2019 report showed $47.5bn of investments had been made into 700 projects in the U.S alone. Startups such as Propogate Ventures are successfully raising seed capital to help farmers transition from conventional agriculture to agroforestry.
A subject we shall explore in more detail at AfricaLive; what lessons can we take from the sector's North American growth and apply to emerging markets?
AFC is an independent, majority private-sector owned, multi-lateral African financial institution providing project structuring expertise and risk capital to address Africa’s pressing infrastructure, capacity and economic development needs. With 27 member countries, and an investment footprint that has disbursed over US$7 billion across 30 countries in Africa in the power, transport, telecommunications, heavy industries and natural resources sectors, it is a truly Pan-African institution.