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  1. Investment in smallholder farmers is key to feeding the world AND reducing poverty

    13 November 2017 at 17:59 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    According to UN estimates, the world population is expected to grow from about seven billion currently to more than nine billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the world are going to have to produce a lot more food, while limiting their impact on land, water and the global climate.

    Oikocredit Agricultural Partner, Union communale des Producteurs d'Ananas d'Alladal, Benin, Africa (UPCA-A) Photograph: Nicolas Villaume

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  2. International Women’s Day and the potency of gender lens impact investing

    8 March 2017 at 08:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    From financial exclusion, to tiny shop, to multiple businesses

    Written by: Blanca Méndez, Oikocredit International

    The Philippines 2017. Teresa Tomaro, “Dungganon” group member of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation; and Blanca Méndez from Oikocredit International.  Photograph: Nicolas Villaume.

    Caroline Mulwa, Oikocredit Kenya Country Manager, speaking about East African women at the 2016 Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum,  highlighted that: “88% of Africa’s female population live in rural areas; 70% of agricultural labour is provided by women; 90% of all food is produced by women, but women own less than 2% of the land. Yet women have a significant, measurable, positive impact on small business ventures, local communities and families. And they have been proven to reduce investment risks, which is why Oikocredit lends much of its institutional and individual investors’ capital to social enterprises that support women”.

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