Urapi Sustainable Land Use Fund (Urapi SLF) will invest in community-based sustainable agroforestry projects in Latin America delivering private equity market-type return alongside significant positive impacts by addressing climate change and land degradation caused by migratory agriculture practices.
- The Fund has a targeted IRR of 12-18%, with an 8% preferred return.
- ECOTIERRA is an operator of community-based sustainable agroforestry projects and a leading impact fund manager.
ECOTIERRA is the manager and operator of Urapi Sustainable Land Use Fund (Urapi SLF). With a targeted size of $50M Urapi SLF aims to tackle climate change and land degradation caused by migratory agriculture practices. Urapi Sustainable Land Use Fund will leverage ECOTIERRA’s unique investment model and expertise to generate returns for investors and significant social and environmental impact by investing in sustainable agroforestry projects in Latin America (Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic).
Urapi SLF addresses two of the most challenging and underestimated problems of our time: deforestation and land degradation. Low yields, poor quality crops, lack of financial and technical capacity are the main elements that lead the small farmers into a cycle of unsustainable land use practices. Urapi SLF proposes to investors an impact investments model that allows small producers to restore their deforested and underperforming land into fair-trade, organic certified parcels i.e. sustainable land use model that increase yields and improve quality of their products, leading to higher incomes and better livelihood.
Urapi SLF integrated investment approach includes developing a sustainable economic model in partnership with local cooperatives of small farmers. Using an innovative bottom-up social engineering approach, ECOTIERRA selects among the best farmers of each coop to help transition the land use towards sustainable agroforestry practices by building on their own individual capacity.
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