EVENT :: RFSI Europe 2023

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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Europe
January 25, 2023
Virtual Event
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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Europe
January 25, 2023
Virtual Event
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A Virtual Event to Catalyze Investment in Europe’s Regenerative Agriculture & Food Sector

This event was held on January 25, 2023. Thank you to everyone who made it a success!         

There’s a diverse and growing ecosystem of organizations working to transform Europe’s agriculture and food system from extractive and degrading to resilient and regenerative. This transition will require a profound mindset shift, deep collaboration, bold innovation … and capital.

The RFSI Europe event explored the critical role capital plays in enabling food system transformation across Europe. Event presentations, Q&A, and pitches connected the dots between the people, organizations, capital, and concepts that will drive lasting change for soil health, food quality, human health, and the planetary well-being.


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RFSI Europe Agenda

Capital is a critical tool in enabling and incentivizing new practices within agricultural and food but capital is only as effective as those who deploy and activate it. The RFSI Europe program will bring a diverse European community together virtually to address the current funding landscape for regenerative agriculture and food in Europe, how investments are facilitating land transformation and building new supply chains, who some of the most innovative solution-builders are today, and how funders and investors are allocating to the space and why.

2-5 pm CET (Europe) • 8-11 am ET (United States)

Day One
2:00 p.m. CET
2:08 p.m. CET
Panel: Farmer Perspectives
Koen van Seijen, Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food Podcast; Charles Hunter Smart, Farm and Estate Manager at Bradwell Grove; Alfonso Chico de Guzman, Farmer – La Junquera
What economic opportunities does regenerative agriculture present for farmers?
What are the barriers to adoption and how can different types of capital help alleviate barriers?
2:45 p.m. CET
Framing the Opportunity for Capital
Paul McMahon, SLM Partners
What role can capital play in transitioning land to regenerative at scale?
2:50 p.m. CET
Case Study: Investing in Land and Regenerative Farming
Alfonso Chico de Guzman, Farmer – La Junquera; João Henriques Roseiro, SLM Partners
How can farmers and investors work together to regenerate farmland?
3:15 p.m. CET
Investing in Innovation for Regeneration
Simon Evill, Pelican Ag; Christopher Ramsay, Pelican Ag
What innovations are helping pave the way to a more regenerative agriculture and food system?
What is the role for venture capital enabling these innovations?
3:40 p.m. CET
Pitch Sessions
Kerry Weaver, PhD, FA Bio; Edd Lees, Wildfarmed; Pete Russell, Ooooby
Hear from solution builders activating capital to create regeneration across the system.
4:05 p.m. CET
Case Study: A Systems Approach to Regenerative Transition
Jyoti Banerjee, North Star Transition
How can we build and fund regenerative agriculture and food holistically?
Who needs to be involved?
4:25 p.m. CET
Panel: Funders of Regeneration
Anouk Schoors, The Nest; Anna Van Der Hurd, The A Team Foundation; Karin van Dijk, ASN Impact Investors
Why and how are different types of investors – from philanthropic, to debt, to private equity – allocating capital to this space?
What projects are most appealing to these funders and why?
4:55 p.m. CET



Where Are We Now?

So what does the regenerative agriculture and food funding ecosystem look like in Europe today? We’ve created a map to show you!

Download the map here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Pelican Ag is the UK’s first venture fund powering regenerative agriculture and sustainable food systems. Further information.

Supporting Sponsor

SLM Partners is a pioneer in natural real assets investing, established in 2009. Our mission is to scale up regenerative farming and forestry systems. We invest in land and real assets across developed markets, partnering with expert local operators. This year, we are actively investing in European tree crop systems: forestry, orchards and agroforestry. Further information.