To address the fragility of food systems in LDCs, structural transformation towards sustainable, resilient and equitable food systems is needed. Providing tailored sustainable finance solutions in the food security and nutrition sector will boost economic prospects, employment opportunities and livelihoods, especially for women and youth.
UNCDF supports the piloting and delivery of financing solutions for municipal and SME investments in food systems that advance food security, mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and help reduce the risk of future shocks to benefit the poorest, most vulnerable and those furthest behind.
Promote public financing solutions and territorial approaches for investments in public infrastructure and services essential for sustainable food systems, such as irrigation schemes, roads and energy infrastructure.
Design, pilot and enhance innovative private or blended finance mechanisms for local food- supply-chain SMEs.
Increase access to capital for municipalities to strengthen urban food systems.
Promote digital solutions and innovation for improved access to finance and other services for local producers and value-chain participants (including for climate-smart agriculture)
Work with the United Nations development system and relevant stakeholders for integrated solutions that leverage UNCDF financing capabilities in support of sustainable local food
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