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Livelihoods Funds

Tackling rural poverty, environmental degradation and climate change by helping smallholder farmers sustainably improve their livelihoods, through investment funds.

The Livelihoods funds

Everything started in 2009 in Senegal when Oceanium, a local NGO, Danone and Voyageurs du Monde decided to work together on a vast reforestation project, affecting the lives of 100 000 people through the replantation of 80 million mangrove trees.             

The model of change developed in that project was breakthrough. So in order to develop more large-scale projects while minimizing investment risks, Danone invited nine other companies to join forces and created the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. Today the list of investors includes Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A., Michelin, Hermès, SAP, CDC Climat, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde. This fund has invested over €40 million to finance nine on-the-ground programs of mangrove restoration, agroforestry and rural energy.

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"A major challenge for both rural communities and the private sector is to increase productivity whilst better preserving scarce natural resources. New investment models, like the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, are necessary in tackling these challenges." Bernard Giraud, President of Livelihoods Venture.

Our impact

615000

people positively impacted

120

million trees planted

25

thousands ha restored

Building on the success and learnings from that fund a second investment fund was launched in 2015 – the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F). Danone and Mars, Inc., founding investors of this Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, have now been joined by Firmenich and Veolia. This fund is planning to invest €120 million in projects which will have a positive impact on two million people’s lives by converting 200,000 small farms to smart and sustainable agricultural practices.

These two Livelihoods Funds both support the efforts of poor rural communities in developing countries to restore their natural ecosystems. They have proven that smart investment can  improve peoples food security, increase their economic revenues and contribute to raising livelihoods.

The Funds goal is to implement large-scale projects, thanks to the investment capacity provided by a strong coalition of investors, maximizing social, environmental and economic impacts for local communities. Projects are built through partnerships with local communities, NGOs, public and private actors over a long term (10 to 20 years) horizon. 

The Livelihoods Fund provides the group of corporate investors with innovative investment models, with results-based returns to ensure maximum efficiency of projects. The first fund was based on the carbon economy. The aim of the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming is to sustainably transform the supply chains of companies by helping smallholder farmers shift to smart agricultural practices and by connecting them to markets.

OUR PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD

Livelihoods has nine active projects around the world and new projects are currently being implemented in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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The Livelihoods funds

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