This paper documents leading environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and shortcomings at Farm Credit and recommends changes to help the System more fully meet its basic public purpose: to help farmers and rural communities access affordable, reliable capital.
Soil Wealth: Financing Food, Farms, Forestry, and Fiber
Soil Wealth encompasses the constellation of benefits that result when we build healthy soil and community wealth through regenerative and organic agriculture. Centered around financing farms, forestry, food, and fiber, this program provides resources, case studies, and on-the-ground engagement to demonstrate how a total portfolio, multi-asset class approach can be used to achieve soil wealth.
The Soil Wealth program encourages investors and funders to:
- Redirect finance from extractive models to regenerative ones;
- Make finance more accessible to land stewards, agricultural producers, and value-web enterprises; and
- Foster the magic in the middle by connecting both capital providers and capital seekers to accelerate the flow of capital in regenerative and organic food and agricultural systems.