Food finance architecture: financing a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system

The purpose of this paper is to set out clearly to the global community – member states, producers, businesses, financial institutions, civil society, donors – that public capital needs to be optimised and repurposed and private capital needs to be scaled and redirected to invest in a healthier, more equitable and more sustainable way of producing and consuming food. This paper lays out five core “food finance imperatives” needed to shift/mobilise this capital for food system transformation. These are (1) reshape public support & incentives; (2) integrate environmental, health & social risks into financial decision-making; (3) scale fit-for-purpose financial products & business models; (4) secure equitable food systems; and (5) strengthen food governance & stability.