The Climate-Smart Institute is a not-for-profit think-tank which aims promoting climate-related risk awareness and the required education to move the needle from Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) compliance into more resilient value chains including the socioeconomic sustainability for its main actors.

Our key targets are:
To promote decentralized innovation by supporting climate-smart technology centers in rural areas, prioritizing the young generation and gender inclusion

To support bringing together the right partners that can provide the clustering agroforestry, restoration and conservation projects to reach massive and long-lasting positive landscape change

To raise awareness about the financial and social risk of climate-change

To support channeling ‘first loss capital’ and venture philanthropic capital towards better preparing the key actors of the value chain though technical assistance and the development of a rural next-generation entrepreneurial mindset.

How we do it:

Climate-smart projects identification, structuring and support

Documentaries and Reports

Venture Building and Risk Mitigation through education and projects acceleration

Cases Studies

01Amazon PEC

Amazon PEC is a revolving fund to provide loans in the form of products and services to small and medium scale cattle ranchers. The main objective is to provide them with the means to convert degraded pastures into highly productive silvopastoral cattle ranching systems with rotational grazing.

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03Floresta Viva & Moringa Fund

Floresta Viva is a Brazilian company producing food and timber products following syntrophic and ecosystem-revitalizing agriculture principles. The company was founded by joint investment of Brazilian private investors – mainly the Pini Brothers and Fernando Meireles - and the France-based impact investing fund Moringa.

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05Eco-Axial & Instituto Estrela

Instituto Estrela is a micro-credit association with the recognition of the Organization of the Civil Society in the Public Interest (OSCIP). It was created in 2005 with the mission to overcome a gap in the access of small businesses in the Brazilian semi-arid region to working-capital credit.

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02APOMS Network

The APOMS (Associação de Produtores Orgânicos do Mato Grosso do Sul) Agroecology Network is an arrangement based on the asssociation’s social capital and formed by smallholder and family farmers, agrarian reform settlers, indigenous populations, quilombolas, and rural youth to produce and sell agricultural products under the principles of agroecology, organic crops, and fair trade.

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04CAMTA: Amazon Agroforestry System and Market-Driven Adaptation

CAMTA (Cooperativa Agricola Mista de Tomé-Açu) is a cooperative of Japanese immigrants that arrived in the mainland of Pará State in 1929. In 89 years, as a group, producers adapted the agroforestry system to the characteristics of Amazon biome and broadened their product portfolio in order to develop and reach the local, national and international markets.

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06EcoEnterprises Fund & Sambazon

In 2017 Sambazon was named the top global seller of Açai fruits in a current market with a size of 300,000 tons of Açai fruits sales per year, which is expected to grow to 800,000 tons in sales per year until 2026.

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About Us

Rabobank Foundation & the Kickstart Earth Initiative
Rabobank Foundation is the social fund of Rabobank which, since 1974, has been investing in the self-sufficiency of disadvantaged groups. Rabobank Foundation uses its cooperative roots to promote and support agricultural cooperatives. It provides these cooperatives and their smallholder farmers access to finance, knowledge and networks. The Foundation is active in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In 2017, they supported 288 projects abroad and reached 4,886,869 small farmers. Rabobank Foundation is also active in the Netherlands to increase the self-sufficiency of vulnerable people. Today, over 50% of the soil on agricultural land around the world is degraded. The Foundation has been working with clients and partners like the World Wildlife Fund to promote best farming practices that can help restore and sustain the soil while increasing crop yields.
Through the Kickstart Earth Initiative, the Foundation aims at scaling up these and similar efforts around the world.

Alimi Impact Ventures
Alimi Impact Ventures is an advisory firm that assists companies, foundations, investors and fund managers seeking solutions – business modeling, strategic financial options, value chain analysis, new deals search and setup – to scale-up sustainable investing in climate smart agriculture and access to health care solutions in Latin America.
Our core expertise themes are: Agroforestry & Conservation, Access to Healthcare, and Sustainable Construction.
Our actions are consolidated into four main streams:
To assess and develop investable deals;
To engage large companies in sustainable investing from ESG compliance to venture philanthropy
To promote and support a transformation leaders network
Educational programs aiming at strengthening social finance and impact investing in Latin America

Impact Hub
Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, the Impact Hub offers members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to increase impact. The Impact Hub believes a better world will evolve through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose.
Since 2012, the Impact Hub Global and WWF Switzerland have established a fellowship program in Biodiversity and Resource Efficiency.
Since 2017, the Impact Hub association, in partnership with the WWF, have launched the “Desafio Ambiental” (Environmental Challenge) in Brazil, which is a call to action for entrepreneurs in economically viable areas related to environmental restoration in Brazil
The Impact Hub adds a lot to this project due to its experience in fostering entrepreneurship through like-minded people sharing the same space, as well as its capillarity – which are both needed for the identification and incubation of investable deals in agroforestry and conservation.

CORS (Center for Organization Studies)
CORS is a research group based on a network of researchers from several universities and institutes, whose primary subject is the study of institutions and organizations by means of a multidisciplinary approach based on Economics and other applied social sciences.
It was founded as a Research Center at USP (the University of São Paulo), where it is based, in the School of Business Administration and Economics. It later expanded its network to other Brazilian and international universities.
The CORS research topics focus on organizational aspects of agribusinesses.


Amazon-Pec: Lucio Silva, Angelica Rotondaro
APOMS: Kiko Medice, Olacio Komori, Nobuiuki Ito
Floresta Viva & Moringa Fund: Kiko Medice, Angelica Rotondaro
CAMTA: Lucio Silva
Eco-Axial & Rio de Una: Angelica Rotondaro
EcoEnterprises Fund & Sambazon: Sambazon Inc.

Amazon-Pec: Caption: Lucio Silva / Editing: Bhadram / Image Bank: Global Village, Brazil Air, mangomonsters, Foxtrot Media
APOMS: Caption and Editing: Bhadram / Programa Revista do Campo – RTI
Floresta Viva: Caption and Editing: Bhadram
Moringa Fund Interview: to be added
CAMTA: Caption Lucio Silva / Editing Bhadram

Waldir Hannemann


Launch Event – Market Assessment about Impact Investing in Climate-Smart Agriculture in Brazil

On the 26th of July we organized an evento for the soft-launch of the market assessment about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil. There were approx. 140 like-minded and topic related attendants among which investors, entrepreneurs, DFIs, NGOs and researchers.
The program brought together the main points approached by the mapping: first it started with a summary of the mapping main findings, followed by a round-table with investors/entrepreneurs and one about innovative finance vehicles. Besides, to give a scent of what is already being developed in the front-line in more sustainable agriculture, there were two pitching sessions with entrepreneurs and their businesses ideas.
At the beginning of the event, the program Kickstart Food Initiative from Rabobank with the UN, was presented as well as how the sort of projects being searched for support via investing in the field of sustainable soil management and climate-smart agriculture in Brazil.

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The Sustainable Investing in Climate-Smart Agriculture Platform is managed and maintained by Alimi Impact Ventures.