May 3, 2023
On this episode of the Vegan Visibility show, we had the pleasure
of hosting Omaid Hiwaizi, a veteran in technology marketing and an
ethical vegan for almost three decades. Omaid is the founder of
ReFarm Fund, a novel project aimed at promoting sustainable farming
practices that align environmental impact with farmers'
the show, Omaid shared his journey of blending his passion for
veganism with his expertise in technology and fintech. He discussed
his concern about the challenges faced by small-scale farmers, the
rise of industrial factory farming, and the significant
environmental footprint of animal farming.
commissioned a study which demonstrated that a transition from
animal and intensive farming to rotation-based arable farming and
tree planting could result in a higher return on capital, even with
potentially lower output, due to decreased input costs. Inspired by
these findings, Omaid and his team are developing a loan product to
support farmers in making this transition.
ReFarm Fund will provide farmers with the necessary capital to
implement changes like adopting regenerative agriculture,
installing renewable energy sources, and establishing structures
like polytunnels and large glasshouses powered by renewable energy.
The loan will be commercial, but the environmental impact of their
transition will be quantified, potentially reducing their loan