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.
GIIN research manager Rachel Bass says grant capital is a good match for the incubators, accelerators and de-risking mechanisms that can be pivotal in encouraging investment across sectors in frontier markets.
Managing director Chris Chapman says the senior secured loan to Cooks Venture is one of three debt investments the firm has carried out in North America, where it sees increasing ESG investment opportunities.
Managing partner Edward Isingoma says investors are more interested in Uganda’s burgeoning cannabis industry than the plant-based 'superfood', long viewed as having significant social impact potential for the developing world.