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Matthieu Favas

Matthieu Favas is the editor of Agri Investor. He was previously the web editor of Infrastructure Investor, where he started in 2013 after a year as a reporter at Private Equity International. Prior to joining PEI he spent four years in the wine industry in London, Spain and Mongolia.

First State Super names new CEO

Deanne Stewart, current chief executive of Metlife’s Australian business, will take over in November after Michael Dwyer retires.

What’s a ‘TIMO-light’?

Investors’ appetite for commingled timber funds is ebbing, reckons Robert Hagler of ForestEdge. His company wants to enable smaller institutions to invest directly. We explore how the model works.

Dodging disasters

Often ripe for disruption, emerging-market agribusiness offers abundant promise – and plenty of pitfalls. Here are some hints on how to side-step them.

Land unlocked: Earning double-digit returns in Uganda

Fresh infrastructure projects and political will could soon put the country more firmly on the radar of investors, but risks are commensurate with potential rewards.

EXEO buys 49% of Zambian cold-chain protein business

The diversified portfolio of Capital Fisheries, which has also started selling meat, makes it less vulnerable to potential shocks like epidemics, investment associate Ellora Ghosh told Agri Investor.

DOWNLOAD: The bankruptcy time bomb

US farmers have been going bust at an accelerated pace for four consecutive years – and it’s likely to get worse. We explore why in a presentation with Farm Bureau’s John Newton.

Should you invest in a food infrastructure fund?

Mark Fischer of Australia’s Qualitas says institutions are increasingly keen on ‘crossover investments’ spanning ag, real estate and infrastructure. Agri Investor examines the firm’s latest fund, currently in market with a A$204m target.

Once-struggling grocery delivery upstart raises $50m to take on Amazon

Backed by VCs including Benchmark and S2G Ventures, California-based Good Eggs is undeterred by what it describes as a raging ‘grocery war.’

Roadblocks for blockchain

The ability to track agricultural products end-to-end across the supply chain could solve many problems, and help farmers capture more value – but it’s not without obstacles.

Blockchain start-up hopes to foster peer-to-peer lending between farmers

Australia-based BlockGrain says its technology could help growers earn additional revenue while helping others avoid costly bridge loans and overdrafts.

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