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Collaborative Approaches to Financing Equitable, Resilient Food Systems

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As health disparities from the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality highlight centuries of systemic racism in the U.S., the need for resilient local food systems that build wealth and health in communities of color is more urgent than ever. In this panel, participants will engage in intentional and honest conversations about what it takes to build models of integrated and accessible capital for food and farm projects and enterprises, especially those owned by or directly benefiting communities of color. The discussion will cover strategies for bringing together funders, lenders, capacity-building organizations, and community leaders to understand community needs, identify market gaps, and align complementary strategies with financing (i.e., technical assistance and market-making) to cultivate the growth of food economies owned by and benefiting communities of color.

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Moderator 

  • Jessica Pedersen – Manager, Research and Consulting, Pacific Community Ventures

Panelists

  • Philip Otienoburu – Commercial Lending Sector Leader – Food Systems Financing, Self-Help
  • Esperanza Pallana – Director of Strategic Initiatives, Community Vision
  • Olivia Rebanal – Director of Inclusive Food Systems, Capital Impact Partners
  • Kathy Saloy – Vice President, Hope Enterprise Corporation

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  1. Too much of investment structure knowledge in the angel space is driven by tech and healthcare, models with high margins that can support high risk structures. There’s not enough understanding of food systems, their cash cycles and appropriate risk/return models. Ultimately, we can’t eat bits.

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