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Grow with Trellis

After 18 years of investing in agriculture, Acumen is proud to introduce a five-year, $30M initiative to deliver capital to early stage agribusinesses across East Africa, West Africa, India, and Latin America. Named for its interwoven framework to support growth, Trellis focuses on investments that build on the core business models essential for smallholder farmers to operate and thrive. Our impact to date:




portfolio companies


people impacted




in follow-on investment

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Food Security

2.4 billion people globally are food insecure, meaning they cannot access sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food.

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In most countries, male farmers achieve 20-30% higher yields than their female counterparts, due to disparities in access to resources and information.

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Climate change is a daily reality for 500 million smallholder farmers globally who grapple with its profound impacts on the frontlines.

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Youth Empowerment

Young people are a significant portion of the global population but are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed.

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Rethinking Scale in Agribusiness

Impact investors should focus on more than just "lives impacted.”

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Resilient. Farmers.

Low-income farmers are building resilience in the face of climate change.

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Investing as a Means

Learn lessons from 20-years of Patient Capital investment in social enterprises.

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Corporations and social enterprises are doing business together to drive impact.

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Brian Odeng

Brian Ondeng

Senior Portfolio Associate, East Africa

Bowofade Elegbede

Bowofade Elegbede

Associate Director, Investing in West Africa

Caitlin Ferguson

Caitlin Ferguson

Development & Partnerships Manager

Christopher Wayne

Christopher Wayne

Associate Director, Investing in Agriculture

Jedidah Ndubi

Jedidah Ndubi

Senior Investment Officer

Magdalena Banasiak

Magdalena Banasiak

Head of Partnerships, Governments

Sabrina Lee Sanchez

Sabrina Lee Sanchez

Head of Partnerships, Foundations



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