Rice production is not only crucial for global food security and nutrition – it provides livelihoods for nearly a billion people. This report, conducted by WBCSD in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform and the Just Rural Transition and with technical input from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), explores the opportunities, needs and requirements to leverage private sector investment in sustainable rice landscapes.
The report finds that finance models that can successfully scale up investment in sustainable rice will require strong partnerships involving a range of public and private actors with different appetites for risk and return. To ensure that farmers are not left behind in the shift to regenerative food systems, a mix of funding sources and instruments will be required, the most catalytic being long-term patient capital and de-risking using concessionary finance and technical assistance.
By improving the flow of capital into rice production, the private sector can help lower interest rates for new equipment, extend access to early warning systems, reduce food loss and improve access to climate-resilient seeds.