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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.
The Swiss impact asset manager said closure of the Fair Agriculture Fund did not reflect any change in investor demand for exposure to the vehicle, which had invested more than $1bn across 52 countries since 2011.
Other interested parties in the FruitSmart deal that could be worth as much as $105m included corporations, private equity funds, and endowments.
Lighthouse Finance managing director Howard Tang says the fund will largely look to help finance critical operating equipment for established seafood companies.
Global food and agriculture sector lead Taryn Goodman said the fund’s portfolio companies are well placed to support local income and benefit from increasing affluence.
Co-founder and co-chief executive Dustin Beck says Butterfly worked with OTPP’s direct investing unit on the acquisition of a majority stake in Orgain earlier this month.
The 2019 Agri Investor Forum in Chicago was marked by a clear sense of momentum even if an overall direction for the market seemed harder to discern.
Chief executive Tom Eisenhauer says a strong pipeline leaves his firm confident it can deploy capital quickly across Canada’s farmland markets.
The Canadian DFI’s commitment includes provisions to encourage gender equality in Africa’s forestry sector and within the forestry fund itself.
A slew of deals in Chile highlight the opportunity in the region to trade with Asia, just as that same trade is imperilled by the cancellation of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Tim O’Laughlin said he will rely heavily on Mahi Pono’s Maui-based leadership to liaise with the local community as it builds towards managing 4,000 acres of food crops by next year.
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