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Is Australian ag about to run out of labor?

Panellists at our Australia Forum today said talent is becoming harder to come by at a time when investors are chasing a A$2bn deal pipeline.

African Development Bank backs PE fund with $15m commitment

The investment in Zebu Investment Partners’ Africa Food Security Fund comes soon after publication of a UN report highlighting agriculture as a key sector in efforts to manage migration flows on the continent.

Australian industry superfunds: ‘We will create a collective vehicle for ag’

Supers will create an equivalent of IFM for agriculture sometime ‘in the next few years,' Industry Super Australia’s chief economist told the Australia Forum in Melbourne.

Rising to the challenge

Executives from TPG’s The Rise Fund have not been shy about a desire to lead ‘impact investing’. That ambition would be helped if they could be more explicit about how that impact will be measured.

Diversity a factor in Chicago Teachers’ decision to pass on Blackstone, Brookfield

But CIO Angela Miller-May stressed it wasn’t the clincher in its recent decision to allocate $50m with IFM Investors and Ullico Investment Advisors.

Food service robot nets $11m

Chowbotics’ founder Deepak Sekar tells Agri Investor why the US robot provider has focused on health and wellness over labor replacement.

VicSuper CEO: How to do water well

Michael Dundon tells Agri Investor the A$20bn fund entered the asset class opportunistically but is now thinking about diversification. Here are some lessons for other supers looking to follow suit.

Agriculture draws most investors among impact sectors

GIIN research director Abhilash Mudaliar tells Agri Investor the entry of mainstream investors into the impact segment is viewed largely positively, despite fears the label could be diluted.

Exclusive: Food and ag chief departs TPG’s The Rise Fund

Joy Basu’s exit from her role with the $2bn vehicle leaves it without a lead executive for agriculture, one of the seven sectors it targets.

Pontifax backs UK gene editing company in $10 million A round

Tropic Biosciences is developing decaffeinated coffee varieties and bananas with a longer shelf life using CRISPR gene editing technology that Pontifax managing partner Ben Belldegrun tells Agri Investor is drawing biotech investors into the market.

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