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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...

Upcoming Webinar: Financing for your land restoration business

This webinar will help business owners understand how a double bottom line business (one that focuses not ONLY on profitability, but also on social outcomes such as land restoration and community building) can leverage their strengths to find appropriate financing. Karthik Chandresekar, Founder and CEO of Sangam Ventures – which is the Accelerator partner for the Land Accelerator-South Asia...

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...

2018 Alumni Spotlight: Lentera

At the Transform Africa Summit, hosted by Smart Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on May 14, Lentera Africa was awarded the Afric’up Summit 2019 startup of the year after winning the finals of the pitch competition. The company graduated from the Land Accelerator in 2018. The Afric’up Summit aims to support the emergence of future African champions by promoting their skills, creativity and success stories...

Land Accelerator helps close financing gap for African soil startups

This was originally posted on Impact Alpha by Amy Cortese on September 10. Turning sugarcane waste into cooking fuel. Growing neem trees to make natural pesticides and insect repellants. Providing affordable piped water for smallholder farmers. These are some of the restorative services offered by the startups in this year’s Land Accelerator, a bootcamp program for African entrepreneurs working...

2018 Alumni Spotlight: Kalahari Honey

This article was originally posted on Fledge here. In Botswana, elephants often trample farmland, angering local communities. One 2018 Land Accelerator alumna, Mavis Nduchwa of Kalahari Honey, realized that bees make great fences to keep the wild elephants off of farmland. And the honey that they produce can provide rural communities with a sustainable source of income. Kalahari Honey trains...

Who’s speaking at the 2019 Land Accelerator?

From serial entrepreneurs to investors and technical experts, the speaker lineup that we have put together for our cohort is diverse and experienced. Agnes Manthi, Root CapitalHaving grown up in a farming environment in eastern Kenya, Agnes has been interested in agriculture for a long time. For ten years, she worked in the microfinance industry offering microloans to mostly smallholder...

Introducing our 2019 mentors

We are excited to introduce our mentors for the 2019 cohort of the Land Accelerator! Adam Camenzuli has experience in finance, international trade and has also founded an award-winning social enterprise in East Africa. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary), a Laureate Global Fellow, a UN Global Accelerator, a Canadian Top 30 Under 30 and has a...