From different perspectives, we have noted an important correlation between farmer loyalty and successful investments in agricultural value chains for the benefit of indigenous and other marginalised communities in the global south. Investments in organizations – whether they are a cooperative, association, or company – to which farmers feel loyal experience fewer supply chain disruptions and a higher capacity to grow.
But for impact investors, assessing farmer loyalty as part of the due diligence process is a major challenge.
This session brings together academic and impact investor perspectives on user insights from smallholder farmers to analyze farmer loyalty as a risk-mitigation strategy. The session offers a proposal of what ‘actionable’ academic and impact investing knowledge in this space looks like.
The aim is to raise important questions from research and investor experiences that could be directly relevant for due diligence by impact investors allocating capital. We hope to share our perspectives for discussion, debate, and challenge.