Food & Agriculture

Agriculture and forestry contribute 11% and food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, regenerative practices enable us to sequester carbon in soil and create healthier waterways and ecosystems. We invest in companies with new technology at the nexus of carbon sequestration and soil health, as well as companies across the supply chain that enhance food system resilience and self-sufficiency; reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the industrty; and improve access to economically viable technology for farmers around the world. 

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Can we improve our FOOD & AGRICULTURE systems?

We Invest In:

  • Soil health and carbon sequestration technologies
  • Alternative protein, dairy, and feed
  • Traceability and supply chain efficiency
  • Indoor agriculture – greenhouse, vertical and modular systems
  • Aquaculture – particularly seaweed and algae solutions
  • Solutions that reduce energy, fertilizers,  pesticides, and water use
Danya

The inefficiency and fragmentation of our global food system have been starkly illuminated over the past year. To build resilience, we need to deliver better tools to help farmers produce more with less while continuing their stewardship of the land. Given the growing inequity in communities across the world, we’re especially interested in solutions that increase access to food, tools, land, and resources for frontline communities and farmers. As we work to curb the climate impacts of feeding a growing population, we’re also looking for regenerative solutions needed to help remove carbon from the atmosphere.

 

Danya Hakeem | Director of Innovation, Agriculture & Circular Economy

We take a systems approach to innovation

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Agriculture, forestry, and land use accounts for more than 18% of global GHG emissions. We invest in companies like DroneSeed who is reforesting lands impacted by wildfires, Vence who is enabling healthy livestock grazing practices, Blue Ocean Barns who is reducing methane emissions from cow burps, and Planet FWD who is supporting farmers using regenerative practices. 

Technology solutions for small, family farmers

96% of farms in the U.S. are family owned. We invest in companies like Farm Link Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative that open up access to economically viable technology solutions for small, family farmers.

Agriculture and water nexus

Agriculture accounts for 70% of all freshwater withdrawals globally. We invest in companies like TerViva whose tree-crop can grow with less water and other resources and Ceres who uses aerial imagery to help farmers optimize their irrigation strategy.

A Platform For Global Impact

We have built a platform for startups primed for commercial growth to collaborate with corporates, philanthropists, VCs, policymakers, and community organizations to achieve global impact. Meet some of our closest partners in this sector. 

Emerson Collective is a social change organization that is working to renew some of society’s most calcified systems.

Elemental Excelerator is partnering with HCF in looking at innovative ways to increase water efficiency, transparency, and supply.

PTT, a Fortune 500 and a member of World DJSI, is a fully integrated energy and petrochemical company in Thailand, with global footprints.

Ulupono is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm.

Conservation International is working to build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities, and companies. Over the years, they have helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, protecting more than 601 million hectares of land, marine, and coastal areas.

GS is comprised of GS Holdings and various subsidiaries and affiliates including GS Energy, GS Caltex, GS Retail, GS SHOP, GS EPS, GS Global, GS E&R, GS Sports and GS E&C. GS is the 7th largest business group in Korea in terms of assets.

EDF is a global, integrated energy company, one of the world's largest electricity producers, with 90% of its electricity carbon free.

NextEra Energy, Inc. is a Fortune 200 energy company with about 45,900 megawatts of generating capacity throughout the United States and Canada. It is the largest electric utility holding company by market capitalization, and together with its affiliated entities, it is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun.

Chubu Electric Power is the third largest electric power utility in Japan.

Since our roots in the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, we have worked closely with the State Energy Office to support innovation-friendly policies.

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