Food Systems Finance Resource Center
Food system finance is becoming an increasingly important local development focus. Communities throughout the country are reimagining the food system with various strategies aimed at creating new food enterprises, providing access to capital for establish food industry participants, supporting local farming, investing in the food deliver infrastructure and financing food scarcity challenges with innovative funding. While food system financing continues to present myriad challenges to local development agencies significant process is being made in this area.
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+Understanding Food Systems Finance
Food Systems Finance is a burgeoning area in development finance and CDFA collects headlines on food systems projects and news daily.
The Intro Food Systems Finance Webcourse
examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.
This course will explore how bonds, tax credits, loan programs, foundation grants, and other financing tools can be used to support a local food system and encourage follow-on investment, small business development, and sustainable growth. In particular, this course will address the financing challenges associated with growing, processing, distributing, marketing, and selling food.