Public Finance Catalyst Group

Convened by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) Initiative and Food Systems for the Future (FSF) Institute


The Public Finance Catalyst Group aims to drive awareness, understanding and commitments of academics and policy makers on the true cost of food and the ability of policy changes in food sustainability to reduce fiscal spending on public health.

Current subsidies are not effectively supporting sustainable commodity production; the risk reward distortion between farmers and food retailers needs to be recognized. The private sector’s power and magnitude of capital can play an important role in achieving the necessary changes in our food system, accelerating the sustainable transition in the food and land-use sector.
For example, finance ministries can provide fiscal incentives in the form of tax incentives, research funding and concessional finance to encourage capital investments in developing infrastructure and capacity development for good food financing.


The Public Finance Catalyst Group

 is working to engage and mobilize good food financing within the public sector through collecting and sharing relevant knowledge and data with finance ministries.

Solutions that the Public Finance Catalyst Group is working to promote include:
  1. Refining and standardizing key messages on the true cost of existing fiscal policies, public expenditure and development plans;
  2. Promoting policy changes that align with preserving biodiversity, enhancing nutrition, fostering long-term growth, and improving country-specific fiscal positions.

Featured Blog Post:
Good Food Finance Week: Investing in Sustainable Food Systems

Opinion piece highlighting the FAIRR Initiative’s panel at the Good Food Finance Week, focused on the repurposing of fiscal and agricultural support policies to address climate and food security. The panel explored some of the most pressing concerns regarding public financial support of food systems in the wake of the food price crisis and the Ukrainian war; the fragility left behind by COVID-19; and the overarching climate emergency. 

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To get involved in the Public Finance Catalyst Group, please contact:

Hamid Hamirani at

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