The Livelihoods Funds are impact investment funds designed to support the efforts of agricultural and rural communities to live in sustainable ecosystems which serve as the foundation for their food security and provide the necessary resources for their livelihoods.
The Livelihoods Funds are advised by Livelihoods Venture, our social business based in Paris, France. Livelihoods Venture has the responsibility to identify, design and accompany Livelihoods projects that are implemented by our local project developers, which most of the time are well-established local NGOs and have been working closely with rural communities and empower them to be the positive drivers of change.
Livelihoods was born out of the realization that the fight against climate change and the preservation of natural resources is inseparable from the fight for dignity, led by the men and women whose livelihoods depend on and live off the land they cultivate.
The mission of the Livelihoods Funds is to support the efforts of agricultural and rural communities to restore the natural ecosystems that are the foundations of their livelihoods, food security and income.
“THE HANDS RESTORING THE EARTH” is the unprecedented book telling the story of a collective, committed and singular adventure: the story of Livelihoods Investment Funds, which unite private companies committed to combat global warming and rural communities, who act daily on the ground, to restore natural ecosystems, reinvent an agricultural model respectful of the living world.
10 years after its launch, the Livelihoods Carbon Fund measured the social and environmental impacts of its largest mangrove restoration project in Senegal, in partnership with Ramsar Convention, IUCN and FFEM. In 2018, it commissioned La Tour du Valat, an independent research institute for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands, to evaluate the social impacts of the project.