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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.

Ag aligns with investor’s frontier finance impact goals – GIIN

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.

AMERRA eyes ESG investments in North America

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.

Moringa ‘hype’ outpaces investor demand – Pearl Capital Partners

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.

Ospraie Ag Science leads $45m Series B for pesticide enhancer

A market source says Terramera’s offerings create synergies that could open the door to a future combination with Ospraie Management’s main biologicals platform, Marrone Bio Innovations.

Brazilian flames bring heat onto global ag

Reaction to the Amazon fires shows how institutional investors are assuming leadership positions in a global debate about how best to strengthen management of shared environmental resources.

AC enters frozen fruit processing with Firestone Pacific investment

Agriculture Capital co-managing director Rob Hurlbut says adding frozen processing capacity will help the firm tap into growing global demand for blueberries.

11% of H1 Canadian VC investments go to agri: CVCA

Protectionism and increased scrutiny of foreign investment into the US encourage investors to look at Canada, as appetite for direct institutional investment also grows.
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RRG-backed Sun World targets new markets and enhanced crops

Sun World sold its California farmland and elevated its former head of breeding and technology to CEO so it can focus on making breeding and technology investments.

Glencore Agri subsidiary acquires assets from troubled ILTA Grain

ILTA engaged Origin Merchant Partners in March 2019 to solicit interest for a sale of, or investment in, all or part of its assets.

Novacap-backed Mucci Farms acquires greenhouse grower

Novacap senior partner Domenic Mancini says interest in controlled-environment ag is growing and the firm’s LPs have expressed interest in co-investment opportunities on its ag-related companies.
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