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What'll be your best investment decision in 2019? Restoring degraded land has the potential to become big business

Entrepreneurs are taking advantage of market opportunities and government incentives to restore and manage farmland and forests sustainably. From tree-based crops to organic fertilizers to timber alternatives, these businesses are breathing new life into unproductive land.

The Land Accelerator is boosting these efforts. Created by the World Resources Institute and Fledge in 2018, it is the world’s first business accelerator for entrepreneurs focused on land restoration.

The second cohort of The Land Accelerator will run from September 7-12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. This will be an intense 6-day program to train and mentor entrepreneurs from across Africa, including both business planning and technical lectures, and ending with a Demo Day where participants will pitch to prospective investors.

The application deadline is Monday, July 8 and 15 applicants will be selected. The best applicants will ideally seek to improve the ecological function of a degraded landscape.  This includes but is not limited to climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forestry, reforestation, and non-timber forest products. 

The Accelerator contributes to African countries’ efforts to bring 100 million hectares of land into restoration through the African Forest Landscapes Restoration (AFR100) and the Bonn Challenge.     

Read Young Entrepreneurs See Business Opportunity in Rural Africa’s Degraded Lands. Local Startups Are Restoring Land, Helping Farmers and Creating Jobs.

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