FOOD & AGRICULTURE

Food loss and waste cost the global economy €782 billion annu­ally and account for 8 % of greenhouse gases.

"A rethinking of food systems and governance is essential
for meeting current and future challenges"

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations

High-input, resource-intensive farming systems, which have caused massive deforestation, water scarcities, soil depletion and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, cannot deliver sustainable food and
agricultural production.

We need companies that create innovative systems that protect and enhance the natural resource base, while increasing productivity in order to overcome traditional resource-intensive farming sytems. 

The Challenge

Current agricultural practices could lead to the degradation of 95 % of the world’s land by 2050. 

We need to rethink our current food system. At the moment, it is not able to feed the world's population with a healthy and nutritious diet. At the same time, we waste 1/3 of the food that is being produced. Our agricultural practices are responsible for land and forest degradation globally - with severe consequences for humans, the environment and our climate. 

The Solutions We Support

We invest in innovative companies that work with ground-breaking solutions to repair a broken food system. We invest in companies within areas such as precision farming, alternative proteins, sustainable agriculture, food waste solutions across the entire value chain and technologies that support small scale farmers in the global south - just to name a few. 

 

The Nordics are world leaders in traditional food production and efficient agriculture and have a leading position in fermentation methodologies. There is a major opportunity in supporting the commercialisation of alternative agriculture and next generation food production. 

Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation, Advisor to Vår Ventures

 

"As a society we are woefully neglecting food and agriculture and can no longer do so without dire consequences"

Examples of 
investment areas

1

Smart farming

Smart farming that help mangaging farms using technologies like IoT, robotics, drones and AI to increase the quantity and quality of products while optimising the human labor required by production.

2

Clean production & farming

Clean production and farming that prevent severe agricultural pollution while ensuring agricultural sustainability. This includes cleaner production techniques in agricultural production as well as innovative technological solutions. 

3

Bio-based and circular economy

Bio-based and circular economy activites involving the use of biotechnology and biomass in the production of goods, services or energy including the application of scientific and technological developments to the agriculture industry.