12 million hectares of land are degraded each year – this is 23 hectares per minute!
~ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Conservation and Regenerative Climate-Smart Agriculture
At Restore Africa Funds, we invest in natural restoration and climate-smart conservation an regenerative agriculture, to achieve positive system-wide environmental and social impacts, while producing healthy food.
Our goal is to "Heal the land, heal the people."
Conservation & Regenerative Agriculture Pays: Evidence
Maize NPV (20 yrs):
> 10 times reduction
15% - 20%
NOTE: These figures are based on documented results from in-situ observations. However, results could differ based on a variety of internal and external factors on different farms.
iScore: Impact measurement tool
The iScore, which is Integra Trust’s property, is a measure of the extent to which a farming operation applies regenerative principles, based on the outcome of a farm audit.
The five-tier iScore rating system (trademark pending) encourage producers towards the accelerated uptake and adaptation of regenerative agriculture, which will allow them to produce food with integrity – as we refer to it. In addition, the rating system aims to give due recognition and rewards for efforts taken towards the prudent and regenerative management of agricultural lands by producers.
Concurrently, the system will assess and inform participating consumers about the degree of sustainability and the regenerative nature of the agricultural practices followed by producers. Integra Trust is committed to independent verification and farm audits will be conducted by a duly appointed auditor.
This tool will be used to assist farmers to become more regenerative, encouraging them through mentorship and on-farm guidance along the five levels of the iScore scale. Unlike other protocols, the iScore is inclusionary rather than exclusionary. The aim is to get farms onto the scale, then encourage and support them along the scale, rather than an all or nothing approach, which functions as a major barrier.
Restore Africa Funds seek maximum impact
As such, natural restoration and financial governance best practice are overarching focus points, but the fund's capital structure allows for various preferred ordinary share classes. This provides maximum flexibility for additional investor specified environmental and social impacts, that can symbiotically fit our restorative mandate. These may include, as examples, carbon and/or water neutrality, social upliftment and infrastructure development, with dedicated preferred ordinary share classes mandated to invest in projects with those primary objectives. By using various share classes, that are indirectly linked to specific projects, RAFFs can also provide investors with see-though access to these projects, if required. Should an investor not have a specific impact focus, but wish to participate in the broad mandate of RAFFs, an investment in the general preferred ordinary share class, providing access to a broad range of underlying projects, can be utilised.
Dedicated share classes
Impact mandated projects
Financial returns: Dividends ESG returns: Social & environmental impacts
Restoration & financial _governance best practice
Our impact starts with the soil but stretches far beyond that
Through decades of conventional agricultural practices, as well as the effect of extreme and changing climatic conditions, most of our soil has become degraded and largely unproductive. Regenerative agriculture is a solution to this, as well as being a practical application through which we can address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Restore Africa Funds offer an all-encompassing investment solution that benefits the environment through regenerative agricultural practices, integrating and uplifting local communities through positive social impact, while adhering to the highest financial governance and management best practice. We primarily focus on 8 of the 17 UN SDGs and their respective targets and indicators.
Restore Africa Funds support the Sustainable Development Goals
Regenerative and conservation agriculture can contribute to all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).