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.
Local demand fed by a recovery in tourism and the wider economy has inspired Cargill to spend $50m upgrading its poultry processing capabilities in Thailand in order to work with local smallholder farms.
The Ministry of Agriculture has called for changes that would clear the way for the creation of corporate farming entities within China, likely to shape import demand and opportunities for foreign investors long term.
Dr. Stephen Padgette, co-inventor of gene that confers the most widely-used biotechnology trait in agriculture, will work with the firm’s existing portfolio companies and help find new opportunities as an operating director.