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$300m LDN vehicle makes debut investment after first close

Fund manager Gautier Quéru says he hopes fundraising will accelerate in 2019 to enable the UN-backed Land Degradation Neutrality Fund.

Insight’s sustainable farmland fund gets Guernsey Green Fund certificate

Head of farmland Detlef Schoen believes self-certification will be a thing of the past, with large-scale investors increasingly wanting proof of funds’ environmental credentials.

Finnish UPM sells over 21,000ha of timberland to United Banker

The sale is part of a long-term partnership between one of Finland’s biggest forest owners and the investment group, as the country sees increased demand for wood-based products.

Can the UK’s Clean Air Strategy improve the livestock sector?

The country’s drive to reduce ammonia emissions from livestock has had a positive reception from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists keen to introduce new technology to catalyze change.

FarmCompany adds dairy to €40m Danish portfolio

The firm is consolidating a group of sustainable farmland assets in Denmark, which now total 1,605 hectares in the country.

Advanced aeroponic technology start-up LettUs Grow secures £1m funding

The business will focus first on growing leafy greens and herbs, using a ‘smart’ system for indoor farms, to produce more using fewer resources.

SLM timber fund expects €50m final close in mid-2019

The vehicle is riding a wave of strong timber demand in Ireland, which a new government report has forecast to continue despite Brexit.

ECJ ruling on new breeding techniques ‘will hold back innovation’

MEPs demand clarity on the move, which has also been criticized by industry and investors, as UK secretary of state Michael Gove identifies gene editing as key for future farming.

Global Canopy and WWF launch platform to manage seafood sustainability risks

SCRIPT has been enhanced to enable South East Asian banks better manage the negative environmental and social impacts of beef, soy, palm oil and seafood production.

SOL Global pays €1.8m for 25% stake in medical cannabis firm GreenLight

The US-focused company has an option to increase its share to 51% in the Irish firm as it positions itself for growth in European markets.

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