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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.
KKR Impact co-head Ken Mehlman says a more holistic sustainability approach means ‘agriculture, water and land remediation are really important’ as the firm deploys its $2.8bn Impact Fund II.
The Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered company announced plans for a fermentation plant at a ceremony attended by Virginia Governor and former Carlyle Group executive Glenn Youngkin.
Female tech-enabled farmer
Senior partner Carl Casale says investment opportunities stemming from women’s growing interest in ag means they are poised for a prominent role in the tech-enabled farm of the future.
Carlyle managing director Filippo Penatti says the launch of Farmfront Group reflects aspirations to develop agricultural expertise within the buyout fund it drew from, whose LPs have expressed strong interest in the deal.
Storm van Zyl says she is joining the controlled environment farming system provider at a time when growers and governments in hot climate countries are beginning to recognize the company’s competitive advantages.
Managing director Olly Hughes says LPs are generally still in the early stages of their sustainability journeys and very wary of committing too far in any one direction.
A tree-shaped lake in the midst of healthy and lush nature serving as a metaphor for sustainable logging. 3d rendering
Nick Moss previously helped design and implement a forest conservation and sustainable agriculture fund on the part of the AGRI3 collaboration between Rabobank, the UN and others.
A revaluation of what constitutes an infra asset and the need to build a low carbon global economy are pulling energy transition and project finance capital pools towards ag.
Butterfly co-founder Dustin Beck says some US pensions see growing corners of the food market as an opportunity to balance exposure to early-stage technology investments.
Green Investment Group Americas head William Demas says infrastructure LPs are being drawn into corners of ag offering investment characteristics similar to transportation, logistics or power deals.

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