AgriFood tech strategy

Embrace our AgriFood Tech Strategy to revolutionize food production, reduce emissions, and combat food insecurity, driving a sustainable transformation in line with global Sustainable Development Goals.

The world’s most
urgent challenge

Dr. Qu Dongyu, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations stated, “We need to urgently change how we produce, process and consume food today. There is an historic opportunity to transform agri-food systems, which are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals… Realigning incentives will be an important approach in such a transformational journey.”

The agriculture and food sectors are estimated to be responsible for 25% of global CO2 emissions, and one-third of the world’s food production, or 1.3 billion tons per year, is being wasted. In addition, 26.4% of the world’s population is at risk of food insecurity as the world has lost one-third of its arable land in the past 40 years.

Harnessing the power of AgriTech and FoodTech

The sustainability of the world’s food system has become an urgent challenge. Emerging technologies can help us tackle food loss reduction, soil restoration, and food security. According to AgFunder’s research, investment in agritech/foodtech companies has soared from $6 billion in 2014 to $52 billion by 2021.

AgFunder and SDG Impact Japan partnering together for a more sustainable future

SDG Impact Japan, together with AgFunder, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm specializing in agri-food tech worldwide, has launched the AgFunder SIJ Impact Fund to invest in food and agriculture related startups. SIJ as impact advisor of the Fund and the Fund leverages AgFunder’s extensive network to identify startups with high-impact agri-food technologies that contribute to food sustainability.

Empowering visionary founders to tackle the biggest challenges across FoodTech and AgriTech

The fund invests in the following focus areas:

Food Tech:

Agri Tech:

NextGen ESG strategy

With our award-winning NextGen ESG Japan offering, we are creating real ESG outcomes and financial returns - and setting a new standard for ESG rigour.

Sustainable tech strategy

Discover our sustainable technology strategy in partnership with Icehouse Ventures, focused on investing in high-growth sustainable tech in New Zealand.

Decarbonization strategy

Our decarbonization strategy prioritizes climate change mitigation through investing in sustainable infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

Our team

We are a team of investors, business builders, and circular economy experts. This diversity helps us discover opportunities others might miss.

News

Capital and Business Tie-Up with Sojitz Corporation to Partner on Global Warming Solutions and Low-Carbon Businesses

5/24 Our CEO Maekawa spoke at Special Evening Roundtable hosted by the Japan Times

Our CISO Sasja Beslik spoke at RI Japan 2024 on May 22nd and 23rd.

RIMM Japan:Announcement of business partnership with LTS Co., Ltd. and ME-Lab Japan Co., Ltd.

NextGen ESG Japan 2023 Annual Report – Foreword

Our CISO Sasja Beslik will be speaking at RI Japan 2024 on May 22nd.

Wataru Baba
Managing Partner

Senior Fellow, Climate and Sustainability at Panasonic Group since 2022, where he accelerated the company’s growth through an integrated strategy for creating positive impact on climate change and established Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Group CEO. Board Member of Japan Professional Football League (J.League) and Independent Director for a civic technology nonprofit, Code for Japan, and a web3 startup, Financie, Inc