Chapter 2: Goals & Data

Goal 20: Food system entrepreneurs and farmers will have greater access to the right match of capital to meet their financing needs at their stage of growth and for their scale of business.

A new paradigm of financing the development of our food system is emerging—one that recognizes that a start-up farmer has drastically different financing needs than a growth company selling value-added meat products, a dairy farmer selling milk into the commodity market or a distributor of local and regional foods that is expanding its service territory. In short, food system businesses have different financing needs depending on their size, stage of growth, and market outlets.

Our key indicator for Goal 20 depicts the capital continuum, from debt to equity. We have collected basic information about organizations and programs that provide funding and financing along the capital continuum in Chapter 4, Section 4: Financing the Food System.