We focus on Emerging Technologies in combination with Farmer's empowerment & smart processing methodologies to promote Food Safety. Although anticipated benefits of modern technologies suggest a level of food production that will sustain the global population, both political will and sufficient investments in modern agriculture are needed to alleviate the food crisis in so-called developing countries. Food security and hunger alleviation on a global scale are within reach provided that technological innovations are accepted and implemented at all levels. Rural cooperatives and farmers’ organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. We will support our neighbouring farmer's community with information and input, which will enable them to have sustainable pre-harvesting support: we will provide input material for some products the farmer seeks and what we need for our business model to match this.
Empowering women farmers improves food security for all. Women comprise on average 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries and produce the bulk of the world’s food crops. We focus on involving the farmer’s ecosystem in our commercial and sustainability focus by sourcing quality fruits and vegetables which are preferably organic but also help the producing farmers to maximize their returns with their harvest in the market: the result will be less waste or loss due to lack of storage, transport or low quality of the harvested products.
Food Safety & Security is a global challenge!
In many parts of the world, food security is emerging as a serious threat. Increasing population, land and water constraints, changes in dietary habits with increasing affluence, the impact on global food production of floods and droughts in major food producing areas, falling food exports, and a rising number of importing countries – all are contributing to these uncertainties. The problem is likely to be compounded in the future by climate change. Agricultural practices also are related to local government policies with an adverse effect on the food market and use of land, pesticides, herbicides and technology. On the other hand on part of the same sector is also becoming more aware of changing consumer behaviour towards healthy and sustainable agrifood practices. A large majority of perishable agricultural and food products go through an end-to-end cold chain before it reaches the end-consumer. The government of India has identified cold chains as a priority sector for investment.
In the whole complex supply chain from seed to table we notice a collection of transition processes towards a sustainable food production economy. Mahler Funds believe that its investments can leverage the current transition and realise a win-win situation for both the recipients of the chain on the farm, and the committed food security investors as well!
Mahler’s investment strategy in the food & agricultural sector is based on the following two parameters:
On the global scene we see distribution chains from and to Emerging Markets in Asia and other regions such as Africa or The Carribean & Latin-America. India is overall the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world! This means that we have untapped opportunities that are still unleveraged!
Across the region, the future growth potential is huge, as incomes continue to rise, urbanisation gathers pace, life expectancy increases and consumer demands rapidly evolve, not least due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore we want to capitalize on this untapped food security opportunity by allocating our investments for development of the stakeholders communities, business growth and finally investment returns. With IEFP we want to invest in the food chain from many angles with a variety of partnerships with a global view.
Sustainabiliy of Food & Agricultural practices have attracted investors massively as its fits the contemporary line of sustainable food thinking. Furthermore, there are also many opportunities by investing in agricultural innovation, meatless food, green products and organic farming.
Even Hi-tech has been expanding its limits by implementation of AI/ML and IoT solutions based on data science. It goes without saying that we also are engaged in developing a data based approach to our post-harvest technology approach with our local partners and our Dutch busines intelligence partner Quantbase.