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Of Milk and Money, Part Three:
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From 2010 through 2015, environmental NGO VI Agroforestry leveraged carbon finance to help 30,000 Kenyan farmers develop more sustainable practices, but it was leery of taking on market risk to scale up further. Could a for-profit impact investment fund be the solution?

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