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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is a reporter with Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London and Greece. 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.

Paine portfolio biologicals company brings in new CEO

Peter Berwerger, already a member of Paine’s Portfolio Excellence Platform, has assumed the role of chief executive at AgBiTech after having held the same role with Paine’ irrigation company.

AMERRA company teams with Abu Dhabi SWF in double aquaculture deal

Andromeda and Mubadala have secured majority stakes in Nireus Aquaculture and Selonda Aquaculture from a consortium of Greek banks.

MainePERS commits $45m to Paine flagship fund

The $14.3bn pension was also an investor in the previous $893m iteration of the Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund, which is seeking $1.2bn for the fifth vehicle in the series.

GEF spin-out hits $80m first close on Africa timber fund

Criterion Africa Partners, a Maryland headquartered firm comprised of the team formerly behind Global Environmental Fund’s Africa Sustainable Forestry program, is targeting $150m for the team’s second vehicle.

African Development Bank backs PE fund with $15m commitment

The investment in Zebu Investment Partners’ Africa Food Security Fund comes soon after publication of a UN report highlighting agriculture as a key sector in efforts to manage migration flows on the continent.

Rising to the challenge

Executives from TPG’s The Rise Fund have not been shy about a desire to lead ‘impact investing’. That ambition would be helped if they could be more explicit about how that impact will be measured.

Food service robot nets $11m

Chowbotics’ founder Deepak Sekar tells Agri Investor why the US robot provider has focused on health and wellness over labor replacement.

Agriculture draws most investors among impact sectors

GIIN research director Abhilash Mudaliar tells Agri Investor the entry of mainstream investors into the impact segment is viewed largely positively, despite fears the label could be diluted.

Exclusive: Food and ag chief departs TPG’s The Rise Fund

Joy Basu’s exit from her role with the $2bn vehicle leaves it without a lead executive for agriculture, one of the seven sectors it targets.

Pontifax backs UK gene editing company in $10 million A round

Tropic Biosciences is developing decaffeinated coffee varieties and bananas with a longer shelf life using CRISPR gene editing technology that Pontifax managing partner Ben Belldegrun tells Agri Investor is drawing biotech investors into the market.

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