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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.
Partner Jack McCarthy says the company’s deal-by-deal fundraising approach allows it to hold assets for periods longer than a typical farmland fund’s life.
President Steve Bruere says attractive post-covid-19 equity and bond prices have kept most institutional investors too busy to investigate farmland opportunities.
President and chair of ag industry bodies Chuck Conner says what is left of limited state resources must be allocated to processing H2A visas to avoid 'devastating impacts' on food production.
Aerial view water treatment tank with waste water
Ken Mehlman says the $1.3bn vehicle will draw on KKR’s previous protein investments in Asia and support a focus on wastewater treatment in North America and Europe.
Prudential Agricultural Investments will target unlevered returns of between 6% and 10% through a focus on permanent crops.
Assistant professor Sandro Steinbach says China’s use of new supply chains is likely to hurt the state’s exports more significantly in the long term.
Investments made by its ag fund – which seeks opportunities created by dislocation, while continuing to distance itself from a ‘special situations’ tag – will be the most telling factor in the strategy’s objectives.
EXEO partner Izak Strauss says firms like Masimong Group Holdings that invest to promote black empowerment in South Africa are increasingly interested in agriculture.
TSSP has teamed up with SLM Partners and Midwestern BioAg on a fund that will pursue opportunities created by events such as the introduction of SGMA.
A market source says the consultants’ expectations of no new ag commitments in the coming year reflects, in part, the influence of recent volatility in permanent crops.
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