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    Downforce Raises $4.2M from Nairobi Investor to Help African Farmers Harness Soil Potential

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    Downforce Technologies Limited, a pioneering startup in the field of soil organic carbon measurement and prediction, has successfully closed a $4.2 million funding round. This investment round was spearheaded by Equator VC, a Nairobi-based venture capital firm, and saw participation from existing shareholders such as Tiverton Agriculture Impact Fund, Dragonfly Enviro Capital, Perivoli Innovations, and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), managed by Virescent Ventures.

    The infusion of capital is poised to accelerate the deployment of Downforce’s innovative Downforce® technology, designed to provide accurate, cost-effective, and impartial soil organic carbon assessments. Leveraging advanced science, modeling, and remote sensing, this technology is critical for empowering farmers, landowners, and corporations to achieve sustainability goals, enhance revenue streams, and contribute to climate action.

    The urgency for reliable soil organic carbon measurement cannot be overstated. According to the United Nations, achieving global climate, biodiversity, and land degradation targets will require annual investments in nature-based solutions to ramp up to $384 billion by 2025, more than double the current levels. For food producers in Africa, who depend heavily on global supply chains, the need for better visibility and traceability of natural capital stocks is becoming increasingly critical. Traditional methods of measuring soil organic carbon are often expensive, time-consuming, and prone to errors, making the innovation from Downforce a game-changer in the industry.

    Technology and Impact

    Downforce’s technology provides historical and current soil organic carbon assessments, tools for planning and executing verified carbon projects, and soil health interventions. This suite of solutions enables comprehensive farm emissions data integration, which is essential for net-zero emissions reporting. The company’s ISO 14064–2 certified technology, also protected under a US patent, is built on independently validated science, ensuring reliability and trustworthiness in its data.

    Professor Jacquie McGlade, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Downforce, emphasized the significance of this development, stating, “We’ve built robust technology based on excellent science, a fantastic product, and a growing client base. This funding allows us to democratize access to the technology and empower a wider audience to make data-driven decisions for soil health and climate action.”

    Nijhad Jamal, Managing Partner at Equator, highlighted the potential of Downforce’s technology to transform investment in soil organic carbon, particularly in Africa. “Our investment stems from a comprehensive assessment of Downforce Technologies’ science, team, and technology. Downforce has successfully introduced a compelling software platform which should act as a catalyst for increased investment in soil organic carbon globally, and particularly in Africa, to ensure food security, promote climate mitigation, and ensure resilience to climate change,” he said.

    Company Background and Future Outlook

    Founded in 2020, Downforce Technologies aims to make soil carbon measurement technology accessible and affordable. The company’s vision is to revolutionize how soil organic carbon is measured and to support landowners, communities, and farmers in maximizing the potential of their land. The recent funding will bolster Downforce’s international expansion and further product development, ensuring that more stakeholders can benefit from its ground-breaking solutions.

    Equator VC, with its focus on early-stage, technology-enabled ventures in energy, agriculture, and mobility, is an ideal partner for Downforce. With teams in Nairobi, Lagos, London, and Colorado, Equator is committed to accelerating an equitable climate transition in Sub-Saharan Africa and supporting inclusive economic growth. Its partners include British International Investment (BII), the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), UK charity Shell Foundation, and impact investor DOEN Participaties.

    The successful closure of this funding round marks a significant milestone for Downforce Technologies, underscoring the importance of innovative solutions in addressing global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

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