Credit Where Due: Financing a Just Transition to Agroecology in the Aftermath of Brexit

Joshua Humphreys, Duncan McCann, Andrew Pendleton, Jaime Silverstein, and Chris Williams 

June 2021

Investors in the UK are clamouring for opportunities to back climate solutions in the food and agricultural sector as Britain exits the European Union’s Common Agriculture Policy.

As innovative, cooperative and community-based models for financing regenerative, organic transitions emerge in the US and Europe, numerous groups in the UK are beginning to establish investment projects, farmland funds and regional banks. This paper provides an overview of the obstacles and opportunities associated with financing a more rapid transition to agroecology in the UK in the aftermath of Brexit. It describes several of these emerging mechanisms and models that could be established or expanded with the support of philanthropic grants and investment.

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