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Our research, consulting, collaboration, and convening outputs have many forms. Here you can find our publications and videos of many of our recent convenings.

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Farm & ForestryFeatured Publications and ProjectsFood Systems

Finance for Resilience: An Overview of Risk Mitigation in Agricultural Systems for Farms, Lenders, and Governments

This report explores major on-farm, off-farm, and systemic risks that the agricultural industry faces and how finance can increase the resilience of those systems while providing other benefits.

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AccountabilityClimate SolutionsEquity & Inclusion

Credit Worth and Soil Wealth

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.

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Equity & InclusionFrameworks & Data Analytics

Indigenizing Catalytic Capital

Illustrated in this report are the ways Native business-owners, companies, and governments have used catalytic capital to conquer systemic inequities that hindered their access to capital.

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Equity & InclusionFarm & ForestryFeatured Publications and Projects

Soil Wealth Areas: Place-based Financing for Conservation, Rural Communities, and Regenerative Agriculture

This report summarizes the results of a major USDA-funded assessment of the feasibility of developing a new place-based financing district in four states across three regions with very different kinds of farming communities, agronomic conditions, and policy environments.

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AccountabilityFrameworks & Data Analytics

Report on US Sustainable Investing Trends 2022

This year’s report identified $8.4 trillion in total US sustainable investment assets under management using a modified methodology.

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Food Systems

Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Infrastructure Across Value Chains

Panelists discuss the specific financing needs of regenerative agriculture infrastructure businesses and how to implement innovative capital solutions.

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Food Systems

Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Infrastructure Across Value Chains

This report identifies finance opportunities and pathways to build resilient value chains for regenerative farms.

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Farm & Forestry

Investing in Regenerative Fiber Value Chains

This conversation highlights the gaps and opportunities to invest in regenerative fiber farms and infrastructure, from cotton and hemp to wool and leather, reshoring domestic textile production in the United States.

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Equity & Inclusion

Redirecting Capital to Accelerate Racial Equity: Leveraging Public Equities

Croatan Institute Senior Fellow Sharlene Brown leads a discussion on public equities provide additional opportunities for investing with a racial equity lens. 

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Equity & Inclusion

Redirecting Capital to Accelerate Racial Equity: Leveraging Fixed Income

Croatan Institute Senior Fellow Sharlene Brown leads a discussion on how fixed income investments provide additional opportunities for investing with a racial equity lens. 

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AccountabilityFrameworks & Data Analytics

Ten Years of Total Portfolio Activation: A Conversation on Amplifying Impact across Investment Asset Classes

Croatan Institute co-founders Joshua Humphreys and Christi Electris lead a special conversation on the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the initial publication of “Total Portfolio Activation.”

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Accountability

ESG Assessments: Helpful, Harmful, or Irrelevant?

Croatan Institute Senior Fellow Bill Harrington leads a conversation on what is and is not effective in how ESG investing is used to make improvements to natural and social systems.

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