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Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund: Investing in Smallholder Farmers

August 04, 2021

The $58 million Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund, sponsored by Acumen and managed by Acumen Capital Partners, helps farmers adapt to climate change and strengthen their livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, as much as 80% of the food is produced by smallholder farmers. Most of these farmers live in extreme poverty and depend on their seasonal harvest, or livestock, to feed their families and make a living....
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For Smallholder Farmers, Climate Change Is Life or Death

By Liza Kane-Hartnett on July 19, 2021

In 30 minutes, a promising harvest can turn to crop failure. The ability to make a living or feed your family can disappear. For farmers, this isn’t an abstract risk, it is the reality of climate change, a daily threat that can strike any time with devastating consequences.
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Inclusive Business Playbook Offers Framework for New Economy

June 03, 2021

If businesses are to be truly inclusive, they must incorporate low-income and marginalized people across their operations — a new Inclusive Business Playbook from Acumen and EY provides a toolkit to help companies navigate this transition.  Inclusive business is more than a buzzword, it is the foundation of a more just and equitable economy that reduces inequality, drives shared prosperity, and protects the environment. Businesses...
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September 01, 2021

The Energy Access Relief Fund — managed by SIMA — is an unprecedented partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors and aims to provide essential financial support to energy access companies in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. NEW YORK, September 1, 2021 — Today, a first-of-its-kind...
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July 27, 2021

The Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF) seeks to build an ecosystem of agribusinesses that improve farmers’ livelihoods and build their resilience to climate change. NAIROBI, Kenya, July 27, 2021 — The Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF) closed on June 30 at $58 million. This first-of-its-kind...
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June 16, 2021

Across Acumen’s global portfolio, climate change is an urgent and existential threat. Whether a farmer in East Africa or an entrepreneur in India, the impacts of climate change dictate a person’s ability to make a living and build a business. That’s why our commitment to...
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January 14, 2021

THE CHALLENGE: EXPENSIVE DIESEL GENERATORS Due to limited and unreliable grid electricity, two thirds of electricity in Nigeria is provided by expensive diesel and petrol generator sets. Relying on petrol generators costs off-grid microbusiness owners—such as vendors in rural marketplaces—up to 50 percent of their...
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By Otho Kerr on December 16, 2020

In November, Acumen hosted TEDxAcumen in connection with TED Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal of TEDxAcumen was to amplify the intersection of poverty and climate change and to highlight the need for investment in adaptation...
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