Donor: Hivos Impact Investments
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Netherlands
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 50.000€
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Equity, Loans
Maximum grant size: 500.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Malawi, South Africa, Zambia


1) Objective

Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund is aimed at food companies in Southern Africa. They invest to to make a financial return and to create a sustainable food system from farm-to-fork, to allow people in Southern Africa to have a healthy, diversified diet with local foods that are produced in ways that increase biodiversity and restore soils. Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund invests according to the following investment criteria: (1) stimulating the Food & Food Lifestyle industries; (2) impact on food & health, soil degradation and food loss; (3) contributing to the ecosystem by investing in the ‘missing middle’. They are looking to expand their portfolio and make equity investments and convertible loans.

They look for the following sectors:

  • Reinventing local traditional food products
  • Urban farming
  • Biopesticides and organic fertilizers
  • Farming related geodata
  • Innovative solutions for food handling & transport
  • Track & trace solutions within the food chain
  • Food waste reduction
  • Retail; organic food & beverages

2) Eligibility

Companies are eligible to apply. The Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund invests in food companies from farm-to-fork, and aims to create local markets for healthy food products that are sustainably produced. They focus on local production, smart distribution, and responsible consumption.

3) Location

The geographic focus of the Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund is Southern Africa, especially South Africa, Zambia and Malawi.

4) Budget

They aim to invest between €50,000 and €500,000 per deal, but typically invest within the lower range in first-time deals. They invest in equity or convertible loan.

5) Application

The impact investment funds are open to interested accredited investors that align with the mission and vision of the funds. The online application form can be filled in on their website all year round.

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