Local economy and bio farming
The challenge: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way we live, work and consume. The subsequent 2020 lockdowns and the interruption of the functioning of existing systems has evidenced the dependencies and deficiencies of a global supply chain model. The current crisis has also shown the benefits of a local production/consumption model for the environment, the social fabric and human relationships. Above all, there is a need to innovate to ensure an efficient, simple and trustful provision of essential products to citizens while promoting a sustainable economy.
The solution: At its core, this project seeks to promote local food consumption and to ensure fair revenues and prices by reducing intermediary costs and rewarding quality and proximity. The project group aims at facilitating a locally sourced and sustainable food model and the creation of trustful and direct farmer-consumer relationships (p2p trading). A new platform that promotes a farm-2-fork trading approach, a high impact-solution, is expected to increase the value captured by farmers and consumers throughout the value-chain process. A BuyBioSuisse App could connect local communities to their local producers.
Impact opportunities: The project is envisaged as a win-win transaction both economically but also for social and environment impact. Several opportunities to generate revenue have been identified, including reducing the existing subsidies’ model (from the authorities) to a more sustainable framework by creating an incentive for various players, including public and private, to pay for the operating costs.
A critical view on current impact investment practices and what we need to change to improve effectiveness and actually create more impact through investment.