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.

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.

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.

responsAbility ag-debt fund secures anchor investment

The development-focused asset manager has clinched a pledge from Kempen Capital for its new fund, which targets up to $300m over the next three years to support ag lending in the developing world.

Exclusive: SLM in final stretch of €60m debut Irish timber fundraising

The firm is one or two LPs away from being able to close the vehicle, investment director Darius Sarshar tells Agri Investor. We zoom in on the fund’s investor base, strategy and expected returns.

Unigrains-run Italian ag fund hits €40m first close

The French firm is the largest of about 10 LPs invested in the €50m vehicle, which will be run by the team that launched an agribusiness fund for Crédit Agricole in 2009.

Chattanooga picks finalists in timber, ag searches

Dahab Associates CIO Steven Roth tells Agri Investor which managers did not make the cut in the $225m pension's search.

Paine Schwartz’s flagship Fund V lands $50m Rhode Island commitment

The $8bn pension was also an investor in the $1.2bn fund’s predecessor, which Paine Schwartz says generated a 7% gross IRR as of late March.

Exclusive: Ohio Police and Fire looks to add row crops

Following its $50m debut ag investment in Agriculture Capital’s permanent-crop focused ACM II Fund last year, the Townsend Group has recommended the $15.7bn pension add row-crop exposure.

Stafford raises $612m for timber secondaries

Fund VIII is focused on acquiring LP stakes and investing separately managed accounts and co-investments.

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