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Africa’s Restoration Entrepreneurs Aid in COVID-19 Response

Originally published by WRI. David Foli Ayivor, an entrepreneur from Ghana, has seen the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on farmers and people in cities. As the pandemic shuts down supply chains, unharvested or unsold produce is rotting at farms while people in villages face food shortages at local markets. Africa’s food systems are under pressure, putting producers and consumers alike...

What you can learn from social investors that can benefit your business during COVID-19

When social entrepreneurs and social investors come together, there’s always lessons to be shared and tips for business growth. On Thursday, May 21, the Land Accelerator hosted its first ever virtual Live Pitch featuring four alumni from the 2019 Land Accelerator Africa who pitched to a panel of three social investors. You can catch the whole video live at this LINK. One highlight from this...

How the Restoration Economy Incentivizes Growing Trees

By Sofia Faruqi and Will Anderson | World Resources InstituteOriginally published by One Tree Planted How do we simultaneously fight climate change and improve food security? Is there a way for us to protect wildlife while creating jobs? What about better air and water quality? The answer: landscape restoration. Restoring degraded land by growing trees in forests and on farms not only...

COVID-19 updated timeline plan

Update May 28 – Plan A is now to hold an in-person accelerator Dec 6-12, 2020 with plenty of virtual interaction leading up to the in-person meeting. If COVID-19 still prohibits safe travel and interaction, we will invite 2020 cohort members to the Land Accelerator event planned for mid 2021. We will announce the cohort members by June 8, 2020. Update May 5 – We have nixed the August...

Notes about eligibility

We have also heard from many amazing companies, “I am not sure if my company qualifies.”  We would like to provide some guidance. The overall premise is, if you are NOT sure if your company would qualify or not, we would encourage you to apply. Please see a few FAQs below that may further clarify: Q: My project is not structured as a company. Actually, it is a part of a non-profit initiative...

Webinar: Financing for your land restoration business

This webinar focused on explaining how impact entrepreneurs can leverage their strengths to find appropriate financing. Check out the recording of the webinar below: The webinar featured Moses Kimani of Lentera Africa, alumni from the Land Accelerator Africa 2018, who discusses his experiences and lessons with raising funds, his recent new focus to his business, as well as his experience with the...

How farming in forests could sustain the planet

Reuniting farmland with trees has the potential to improve agricultural productivity and boost food security by creating a landscape that does not become exhausted through overuse. Land Accelerator companies are identifying and scaling business models that help to restore the land and also provide financial benefits to farmers, forest dwellers, and land owners. Are you a land restoration...

Webinar: Biodiversity and your business

Held on Feb 13, 2020 over 60 entrepreneurs joined for a conversation featuring ways to ensure your company is doing its best to respect and promote biodiversity. Three experts shared techniques to incorporate biodiversity into business operations, consider biodiversity when planning land use change associated with expanding your business’s footprint, and collect and report on biodiversity impact...

Exclusive: Top tips for applying to the Land Accelerator

World Resources Institute, Sangam Ventures, and the IKEA Foundation combined forces to launch the Land Accelerator South Asia on Wed. Jan 29. The launch featured speakers from all three partner organizations as they shared the opportunity and tips for applying for the Land Accelerator with entrepreneurs around South Asia. Covered in the below video and PowerPoint presentation are topics such as...

Webinar: Climate resiliency for your business

WRI hosted the inaugural webinar targeting environmental and business issues for Land Restoration entrepreneurs. Dr. Moushumi Chaudhury presented practical best practices that companies everywhere can use to ensure they are prepared to face climate change and extreme weather events that are striking our planet more and more as time goes on. You may watch the recording of the webinar below to...