Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods

and the landscapes they live in


Herman Savenije, Gerard Baltissen, Marleen van Ruijven, Hugo Verkuijl, Maryse Hazelzet, Kees van Dijk

This working paper is aimed at impact investors, and presents key pointers or core guidance that have been drawn from international standards, principles and case studies, that follow. It provides solid and evidence-based examples of how investors can work with smallholders and promote better land governance and livelihoods. International guidelines provide the bottom line, and case studies provide examples of projects, business models and investment funds that are implementing and/or financing alternative and innovative land related business models with smallholders and local communities.

“We need to move from a ‘do no harm’ towards a ‘do good’ approach”