CASA Research recommendations digest for capital providers
7 Resilience & Inclusion: Recommendations
Recommendations for capital providers: Investment for food security agendas, private sector
investors [capital providers] should:
7.1 Explore opportunities addressing the key sector challenges of low penetration of mobile
technology and, particularly, limited e-commerce platform development.
7.2 Develop business models that can rapidly draw on locally available labour to build
resilience into farming systems.
7.3 Build business streams that drive resilience building activities in SMEs, such as
addressing the lack of post-harvest storage and the inability of some SMEs to source
packaging materials (which has affected producers who were selling into specific higher
value markets and led to high losses).
7.4 Explore opportunities to build medium-term food systems resilience to prevent future
emergencies. Donors and national governments/government agencies offer blended finance
and de-risking or other incentives that make the investments as appealing as the
opportunities from high-value export crops.
To reduce food loss capital providers should ensure that the businesses they invest in build product awareness and trust, by:
7.7 Ensuring traditional and digital marketing campaigns are implemented to drive awareness of the financial benefits of food loss technologies
7.8 Ensuring that pilot programmes to drive uptake have robust data collection
Updated November 2023
Summary of recommendations for capital providers