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.
Join us for an interactive working session to dig deeper into the “levers,” financing mechanisms, and next actions laid out in the seven-year Fibers Roadmap. Connect with key partners, experts, and funder colleagues, and explore models to put the Roadmap into action.
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