Restoring Degraded Land in Africa for Profit with Luni Libes

Millions of acres in Africa have been degraded by desertification, deforestation, intensive farming, and other human activities. Restoring that land to productive use and nature is a huge endeavor. Groups like AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) have organized efforts toward land restoration. That organization alone has rallied countries across Africa to pledge to restore over 100 million hectares (over 220 million acres) of land in Africa by 2030. Accomplishing that goal is too much for philanthropists and governments to do alone, and that is why AFR100 isn’t tackling this challenge in the traditional manner, but instead has included impact investing and for-profit solutions alongside grants and funding for NGOs.

— From Restoring Degraded Land in Africa for Profit by Luni Libes

Join us for a Deep Dive with Luni Libes, Founder of Realize Impact and Africa Eats, and author of the IE Magazine article Restoring Degraded Land in Africa for Profit.

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Featured Guest

Luni Libes

Luni Libes is a 29+ year serial entrepreneur and investor, most recently: Fledge, a global network of impact-oriented accelerators; Africa Eats, a pan-African holding company focused on feeding Africa; Realize Impact, a public charity making it easy for anyone to make an impact investment; and The Angel Accelerator, teaching early-stage impact investing. Luni is an Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at the University of Washington’s CoMotion, the author of The Next Step series of guidebooks and podcasts on entrepreneurship, and with The Pinchot Impact Index, he solved the question on how to measure impact across a collection of companies.

Location: Virtual

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022