Integration of natural capital into agricultural project business planning in sub Saharan Africa

The Natural Capital Protocol can inform project design and financial modelling for large-scale agricultural projects. The ImpactAgri article sets out an approach to using natural capital to enhance decision-making for investments involving multiple partners coming from different parts of the value chain. It draws on experience working in cocoa, cassava, and tree nut value chains in sub-Saharan Africa.

Key Messages:

  • Integrating natural capital into the modelling of the business plan from the outset ensures it is a core component of any project. This enables the choice of crops, farming systems, technology, financing structure to be optimised for natural capital from project design stage.
  • Adequately valuing natural capital in a project that brings together companies across different parts of an agricultural value chain requires a common language for each partner to use.
  • Including natural capital throughout the project process improves decision-making, reduces risks and enhances the engagement with community and local stakeholders.

Supplied by: Irbaris and ImpactAgri

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