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Investment capacity of small farmers to reverse the vicious cycle of migratory agriculture

August 2020


Ecotierra mitigates climate change and reverses land degradation by investing in cooperatives of small coffee and cocoa producers to allow them to transition to sustainable agroforestry systems.

Ecotierra does so through the combination of lending patient microcredit (at half the market rate) to small farmers, building the infrastructure required to add value to the agricultural products and increase productivity (e.g. mills, collection, centres, compost production centres), sales services, and VCS certified carbon projects. It is financed by a private equity fund, Urapi Sustainable Land Use. In Latin America alone there are more than 155 coffee producer cooperatives, and Ecotierra is currently working with only 7 of them offering significant market opportunities. Furthermore, beyond coffee, the business model could be applied to other dry commodities such as cocoa and nuts.

Label Date August 31, 2020
From Canada
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For New clients, Funding, Partners

The environmental benefits

  • 25,000.000 tons of CO2 avoided or sequestered, validated through VCS certification for our 50 M USD fund (replicable).
  • Land degradation avoided on 135,000 hectares Conservation of biodiversity in tropical forests on 850,000 hectares Watersheds protected and restored.

The Financial benefits

  • Payback for coops: 3-4 year Payback for investors: 8-9 years (initial investment + pref returns).
  • Economic incentives for the cooperatives: increase in volumes, higher sales value, carbon credits.

Activity Region

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South america

Peru, Colombia,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile


We design, co-develop and operate sustainable land use projects generating socio-economic and environmental benefits

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Headquarters Sherbrooke, QC J1L 1Y1, Canada

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International Cleantech Network

The International Cleantech Network (ICN) is a global network of 13 cleantech clusters on the international forefront of providing innovative and sustainable solutions to meet the growing demand for green technologies.

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