This is a summary of one of a series of case studies that provide insights into various mechanisms used to increase access to finance for smallholder farmers, SMEs and communities in their efforts to contribute to sustainable landscapes. The case studies focus on the strategies used by various stakeholders to reduce the risks of selected financial flows for investors, intermediaries and recipients. These case studies follow up on recommendations made by participants in a consultative process on innovative finance for sustainable landscapes (Louman et al 2020). The goal is to provide more evidence of successful strategies in order to increase access to finance for smallholder farmers, SMEs and communities (Primo et al 2021).
The case study summarized here assessed the capacity of multistakeholder partnerships to mitigate risks and leverage public and private investments at the landscape and subnational level. It studied the process of reaching a shared vision at the subnational level and how this cascaded into specific landscapes. The case study showed that a strategy that promotes synergies and addresses the fragmentation of various investments and projects has strong appeal, inspires confidence among investors, and leads to more effective actions and impacts at scale.