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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.
As of March 31, OCERS’ investment in the AAF was valued at $64.1m, which constitutes a 6.4% net IRR. The $16.7bn pension committed $40m to the fund in 2010.
Founder Josh Lessing says the mixture of ag and robotics focused investors contributing to Root AI’s $7.2m seed round feel the same sense of urgency from different perspectives.
CO2 GRO says much of the world’s circa 45 billion square feet of greenhouse space already contains irrigation equipment that is compatible with the company’s CO2 delivery systems.
Aqua founder and managing partner Sebastian Popik says Puravida will continue developing its 'farm to mouth' business model within Brazil through 2021 and could later expand across global markets.
Managing director Chris Morris expects the LFP Opportunity Fund to reach its $20m target by October and be fully deployed by Q1 2021.
Managing director Chuck Templeton says two new seafood-experienced managing directors will help build a network of co-investors interested in early stage seafood and ocean ecosystem health opportunities.
James Murdoch-linked Lupa Systems' support of AppHarvest adds to a series of commitments from high-profile investors for the controlled environment ag-focused Equilibrium affiliate.
Chairman Dave Chen says the investment reflects Mexico’s continued importance to North American produce supply and the global scope of the controlled environment market.
Partner Elisabeth Hivon says anaerobic digesters like the one in Twin Falls will likely be the focus of the infrastructure specialists’ ag-related investments in North America.
Principal Ryan Ramsey says a limited pool of buyers helps make the nascent secondaries market an exciting space within agriculture.
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