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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is Americas Editor at Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.
President Geoff Lewis says AcrePro will aim to modernize land markets that have largely failed to keep up with marketing and technology tools used in other real estate sub-sectors.
Changing crop focus, strengthening certification processes and potential competition from indoor ag are all helping render organic market projections from as recently as a year ago outdated.
Hancock Natural Resource Group has rebranded as Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture and is to be led by former Credit Suisse real estate exec Christoph Schumacher.
The unit is the first of several collaborations envisioned for the C$390bn pension’s sustainable land management program, says managing director Nicolas Leyssieux.
Managing director Pierre Fauvet says the e-commerce platform is looking to partner with local producers interested in building and supporting larger-scale farms across Africa.
Soli operated as Shenandoah Growers before a rebranding announced in October, alongside a $120m agreement supporting construction of three indoor farms.
The Teachers Retirement System of Illinois is among the investors in a junior debt-focused vehicle, which a source tells Agri Investor is seeking $500m.
Deforestation, timberland, forestry
Sustainable Fitch director David McNeil says offsets can help 'counteract some of the drivers of deforestation and provide incentives for local long-term management.'
Pierre-Henri Carles says the French firm has already collected €70m from Italian retail investors and expects to reach €100m by the end of 2021 before turning to institutional capital.
Two consecutive years of declining food security along with covid-19’s challenges are creating public-private partnership opportunities across the world.

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