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CDC co-authors new report on E&S due diligence in agricultural value chains

04 May 2016,13:25

CDC, IFU, Obviam, Norfund and DEG have collaborated on a new report which provides environmental and social (E&S) guidance to investors in agricultural value chains. The purpose of the report is to provide investors – including PE fund managers – with clearer, more consistent and practical guidance on managing E&S risks and creating value from E&S performance.

Agricultural value chains comprise everything from irrigation equipment, agrochemicals, post-harvest storage services to traders. However, the most significant E&S risks and opportunities are typically upstream at the farm level (for example, through the health and pollution impacts of poor agrochemical use). The report expands the scope of E&S due diligence to include impacts at the farm level, and maps out a series of practical steps investors can take to reduce adverse impacts, generate commercial benefits as a result of better E&S performance, and also identifies broader development impacts (such as enhanced food security and diversified rural livelihoods etc). The report enables investors to make better-informed decisions with bigger positive impacts.

Click here to read the full report: Investments in the Agricultural Value Chain: Expanding the Scope of Environment and Social Due Diligence.

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