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Land Accelerator-The four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded land

The Land Accelerator is an exciting four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland. It is anchored by an intensive week-long workshop when the cohort meets in person. There is no fee to join, and the program does not take equity.

The Land Accelerator has been held twice in Africa and will return to Nairobi for the third time in October 2020. The program will also be launching in South Asia in June 2020 and in Latin America in September 2020.

Are you an entrepreneur who’s interested in joining? If you are working to improve a degraded landscape – and you want to learn fast and raise money for your venture – then this is the right program for you. Applications are currently open for entrepreneurs from Africa and South Asia.

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AFRICA

The Land Accelerator returns to Nairobi, Kenya, for the third time in 2020. This is an exciting four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland. It is anchored by an intense week-long workshop that will take place in September 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. Exact dates to be determined.

Applicants are welcome to apply in English or French (Les applicants peuvent postuler en français ou en anglais). To submit a great application, check out these tips: thelandaccelerator.com/annotated-application/

LATIN AMERICA

The Land Accelerator is a four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland. It is anchored by an intensive week-long workshop when the cohort meets in person. The accelerator aims to build networks and skills necessary to scale businesses. There is no fee to join, and the program does not take equity. The inaugural Land Accelerator is coming to Mexico City in early September 2020. 

Why Land Restoration: 

Worldwide over 3.2 billion people are at risk from land degradation.   The report, The Economic Case for Landscape Restoration in Latin America finds that achieving Initiative 20×20’s goal of restoring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean could yield net benefits of at least $23 billion over 50 years, an amount equivalent to about 10% of the value of food exports from the region. Degraded land results in lower yields on agricultural land, and wastelands lacking in the ability to support naturally occurring plants and animals.  

SOUTH ASIA

The inaugural Land Accelerator is coming to New Delhi, India in early June 2020.  Applications are open until March 15, 2020.

Join us in New Delhi for a launch event on Jan 29 to learn how to apply to this innovative new program! RSVP here.

 

Why Land Restoration: 

Addressing the High-Level Segment of the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on September 9th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that “India would raise its ambition of the total area that would be restored from its land degradation status from 21 Million Hectares to 26 Million Hectares between now and 2030”. Worldwide over 3.2 billion people are at risk from land degradation. 96.4 million hectares of land in India, which is nearly 30% of the country’s landmass, is facing land degradation, resulting in lower yields on agricultural land, and land that lacks the ability to support naturally occurring plants and animals.  Other countries’ agricultural sectors are highly affected by land degradation: 75% of Bangladesh’s agricultural land is degraded, in Pakistan 61%; Sri Lanka 44%; Afghanistan 33%; Nepal 26%; and Bhutan 10% (G. Singh, 2017).

Tips to submit a great application

You should apply if:

  • You are working to improve a degraded landscape in Africa, Latin America or South Asia through a business approach.  This includes climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forestry, reforestation, non-timber forest products, and similar activities
  • You are interested in raising money for your venture
  • You want to learn fast, both in the classroom and by connecting with mentors and other entrepreneurs

 Then LAND ACCELERATOR program is the right for you.

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Further reading on land restoration from our Library and Knowledge Hub

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