Agriculture often places significant pressure on natural resources and the climate. Environmental degradation that occurs as a result of these harmful agricultural practices would have an impact on yields of agricultural products in the long run. This not only threatens the livelihoods of farmers, but also the rest of the global population that is dependent on agriculture for food and textile materials. Building up the capacity for farmers to engage in sustainable practices is essential in ensuring that the agriculture sector will continue to be viable.
AVPN’s Climate Action Platform has partnered with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) as the Asia Climate Mitigations Knowledge and Outreach Partner to host this upcoming workshop which aims to engage with investors and organisations working in the agriculture landscape to co-develop IRIS+ impact metrics. IRIS+, managed by the GIIN, is the generally accepted system for impact investors to measure, manage, and optimise their impact, as a free, publicly available resource.
The metrics discussed will cover themes that relate to improving sustainability in the agriculture sector. The three themes covered are:
- Improving Ecosystem Health
- Improving Climate Resilience
- Improving Food Systems
Through this 1.5-hour workshop, participants can expect to:
- Contribute to developing the framework for sustainable agriculture through an Asian lens by sharing investment approaches and feedback on drafts and metrics
- Gather valuable insights and set the standard for best practices in agriculture-specific impact management and measurement for ecosystem health, climate resilience, and food systems
- Engage with other funders and impact organisations to build a landscape that is committed to sustainable agriculture
Chief Operating Officer
Kevin oversees the markets and digital transformation teams at AVPN. Prior to that, he was a Founding Partner of Volans, a Social Innovation company with offices in London and Singapore. He has been the Head of East and Southeast Asia at the Schwab Foundation of Social Entrepreneurship and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Kevin had a nine-year stint in the enterprise software arena in Silicon Valley, Irvine, and Austin. This included work at two Sequoia Capital startups that were acquired by Sun Microsystems and Symantec respectively.
He is a Trustee of the Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network (SEALNet), a non-profit he co-founded in 2004. Kevin holds a Master of Gerontology from the Singapore University of Social Sciences, an MS in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BEng with Honors in Computing from Imperial College, London.
Manager, IRIS and Impact Measurement & Management
Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Lissa serves as a Manager of GIIN’s IRIS/Impact Measurement & Management team, working on the development of IRIS and related measurement strategies including the Navigating Impact project.Prior to joining the GIIN, Lissa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, where she worked on education and girls’ empowerment projects. She then joined the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, supporting research and programming related to mHealth, adolescent sexual health education, and father-focused approaches to reducing gender-based violence. She has also worked on measurement strategy with solar- and tech-focused social enterprises in the Philippines and South Africa.
Lissa holds a Masters in Global Affairs with a focus on social enterprise, research methods, and gender from the Jackson Institute at Yale University, and a BA in English Literature from Rice University.
Prachi Seth is an environmental consultant working on climate-relevant topics with key entities and influencers across ASEAN. She has more than a decade of experience working for UN organisations, government-linked international think tanks and non-profit organisations, such as The World Bank (WB) India, the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Eco-business (Singapore), Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN, Singapore).
Her work has included impact investing, environmental & energy policy research, low carbon project structuring & analysis, socio-economic data gathering & analysis, and business development across geographies including South & South East Asia, UK, and Africa.
The GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) focuses on reducing barriers to impact investment so more investors can allocate capital to fund solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. They do this by building critical infrastructure and developing activities, education and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. GIIN created the impact measurement tool IRIS+ to make it easier for investors to translate their impact intentions into impact results.
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