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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.

AgIS-backed California Olive Ranch completes sale and leaseback with Gladstone

The $9.2m deal comes two years after the olive producer received a $35m investment to support a doubling of its acreage.

Soros development fund helps Ugandan agbiz vehicle close on €20m

Soros Economic Development Fund principal Jocelyn Songco says the first-loss tranche provided to the Yield Uganda Investment Fund shows how impact finance can adapt to unorthodox strategies in high-risk sectors.

History lessons from the British Empire

A history of food’s role in the development of the British Empire offers a compelling beach read for anyone taking a step back to assess a dizzying year of developments in global ag.

NMSIC approves $50m RMS timber fund redemption

The sovereign wealth fund’s $125m commitment to the open-ended vehicle in 2016 is now worth $127.7m, according to real assets consultants Townsend.

Area One reaches C$120m first close on Fund IV

Chief executive Joelle Faulkner says the Canadian farmland investment firm hopes to more than double the size of the vehicle within a year.

Finistere-backed ZeaKal inks cannabis partnership, $10m investment

The crop chemicals company had been reluctant to enter the cannabis market without relevant expertise, says chief executive Han Chen.

Bonnefield plans open-ended farmland fund for institutions – exclusive

After launching an evergreen vehicle targeting high-net worth individuals in 2017, CEO Tom Eisenhauer says the new more flexible institutional structure comes amid a surge of interest from Canadian endowments and smaller pensions.

This year’s washout raises a flood of questions

Historic rainfall levels have presented US ag producers and investors with their clearest weather-related challenge since 2012’s drought.

EY bolsters ag-focused advisory

Global agribusiness lead Rob Dongoski says the addition of Mark Holland, Nathan Ramsey and Asha Lundal from The Context Network reflects growing interest in the sector.

Oaktree-backed AGRO Merchants Group acquires Iberia coldstores

Chief executive Carlos Rodriguez says increasing produce and frozen fish volumes prompted expansion in a region that is a gateway to southern Europe.
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