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The Fibers Roadmap: Launch and Overview

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SAFSF Fibers Roadmap: Launch and Overview

October 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am 12:15 pm PDT

Join us for the launch of the SAFSF Fibers Roadmap: Integrated Capital Opportunities to Support Revitalization of U.S.-Grown Fiber, Textiles, and Leather – a three-part webinar series.

Sustainable agriculture and food systems encompass much more than food production alone. Food and fibers are critical for our daily needs and are fundamental to human health. And just like food, fiber crops—including both plant-based fibers like cotton, hemp, and flax and animal-based products like wool, alpaca, and leather—are part of an agricultural system with critical and interconnected impacts on health, economic and racial justice, and the environment.

Funders, investors, and integrated capital practitioners have the opportunity to draw on key lessons from the sustainable food movement and apply innovative financing models to catalyze the revitalization of the U.S. fiber and textile industry. Join us to dive into the launch of a seven-year financial Roadmap identifying five key Gaps and Levers where integrated philanthropic and investment capital would have the greatest impact on the U.S. fiber and textile industry. The Roadmap draws on more than 60 interviews with fiber farmers and ranchers, processing businesses along the supply chain (mills, tanneries, etc.), brands and other supply chain experts, and funders and investors.

In our first webinar, we’ll launch the Fibers Roadmap, and take a high-level look at the state of the U.S. fiber supply chain and the types of financing approaches needed to revitalize this industry. Participants will walk away with their eyes opened to how the U.S. fiber and textile industry fits into sustainable agriculture and food systems work.

Webinar 1: Launch and Overview, October 29, 2020

Webinar 2: Case Studies from the Fiber System, November 17, 2020

Webinar 3: Strategy Session on Roadmap Levers and Next Actions, December 3, 2020

We gratefully acknowledge funding support provided by The 11th Hour Project, Globetrotter Foundation and the #NoRegrets Initiative, Jena and Michael King Foundation, One Earth, and an RSF Donor Advised Fund.


Click here to view and download The SAFSF Fibers Roadmap and the 12 Case Studies.


Sarah Kelley, Common Threads Consulting – Project Director

Jenny O’Connor, Guidelight Strategies

Calla Rose Ostrander, People, Food, & Land Foundation

Esther Park, Cienega Capital

Areas of Impact:

Animals  |   Fiber/Textiles  |   Economic Viability  |   Infrastructure  |   Equity  |   Social Justice  |   Investment/Lending

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