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Time to put some flesh on the bones of impact investing

There is no lack of enthusiasm for impact investing, but a lack of definition risks undermining progress.

Beyond Meat, towards what?

As the early leader among alternative protein startups reportedly heads towards public markets, Agri Investor asks what impact the move will have on innovative upstarts looking to follow its example and the private investors clamoring to back them.

Australia’s drought policy is of little benefit to investors

The Australian government’s interventions in the sector to subsidize farmers struggling with drought may ultimately do more harm than good.

Looking to the ivory tower for leadership

Harvard Management Company’s response to a recent report alleging lax oversight of its farmland investments is disappointing.

Waving goodbye

In his last Weekly Letter as editor of Agri Investor, Matthieu Favas argues that agriculture today is changing at a much faster pace than many observers often think.

Will Oaktree’s investment be enough to save Blue Sky?

The US firm has agreed to invest A$50m in the embattled Australian manager through a convertible loan note. Blue Sky says this is a positive move for the business – but investors probably need more convincing.

Is Phaunos a one-off secondaries deal or a sign of things to come?

Stafford’s successful takeover of a $259m timber fund suggests most investors value a guaranteed exit today more than higher promised gains tomorrow.

Geopolitics still loom over resurgent ex-Soviet markets

Agriculture in Russia and Ukraine seems to be back in robust shape. For foreign investors looking to make the trip, however, factors to consider run beyond economics.

The right guy in Uruguay

Ag investors talk up Latin America’s potential, but the diablo is in the details. Here’s a strategy that seems to nail the main bits.

When agriculture becomes infrastructure (and vice-versa)

Antin, a prominent infrastructure manager, has just acquired a live salmon transportation business. In what bucket should we put this asset?

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