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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.
EIB will use its lending partnership in Kenya as a model as it extends its support to Zambian smallholders

Fund commitments, bank partnerships reflect broader EIB focus on African agri

European Investment Bank will use a previous lending partnership in Kenya as a model as it extends its support to Zambia’s smallholders.
FinDev Canada’s CIO says its focus on women’s empowerment means it will take into account female executives’ backgrounds and experience when evaluating funds

FinDev Canada’s agri investments to mix fund and direct approaches

The development finance institution’s CIO says its focus on women’s economic empowerment means it will incorporate a broader view of female executives’ backgrounds and experience when evaluating funds for potential investment.
Wish Farms chief operating officer JC Clinard told Agri Investor that his company plans to keep it planted predominately in conventional and organic strawberries

Gladstone acquires California strawberry property for $9m

Florida-headquartered Wish Farms, to which Gladstone has immediately leased the 324 acres of farmland in Salinas, plans to produce organic and conventional strawberries, as well as rotations in vegetables.

Butterfly to devote 10% of fund’s net profits to food philanthropy – exclusive

Co-founders Adam Waglay and Dustin Beck say donating a portion of profits from KKR spinout's $520m debut fund will help it to deepen connections in the food industry.

RRG brings in $225m for water vehicle

Chief operating officer Nicole Neeman Brady told the Global Climate Action Plan Summit late last year that government support for the solar industry provided a useful model for fostering private water investments.

Is ag starting to see some real convergence?

Signs of eroding barriers between largely separate corners of the markets are generating excitement and offer hints for managers looking to meet new demand.

Harvest Returns targets $25m for Opportunity Zones Fund

Chief executive Chris Rawley says new vehicle will offer 10-12 percent annualized returns through agricultural investments that harness incentives included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Brexit fears hold back growth in UK farmland, finds Knight Frank

Head of rural research Andrew Shirley says some businesses are looking ahead to post-Brexit subsidy reforms, but the market remains 'unpredictable and highly polarized.'

Blue Road enters baby greens with B&W Quality Growers acquisition

Derek McDowell, MD at seller Boyne Capital, says the sales process attracted 'pretty robust' interest from private equity and strategic buyers.

FinDev backs Peruvian agribusiness with $8m loan

Development Finance Institute Canada makes its first direct agribusiness investment.
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