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FMO launches forestry investment program to fight climate change

The ambitious project by the Dutch development bank will operate in West Africa and South East Asia.

Alex Walker appointed to rapidly expand digital farmer-to-farmer network Wefarm

The knowledge-sharing network plans to increase its users from 1 million to 100 million with the expertise of the former Amazon executive.

DOB Equity invests in Ten Senses Africa amid growing demand for organic nuts

The impact investor plans to capitalize on the burgeoning fair-trade market by increasing the African producer’s trading volumes, margins and product lines.

Investors back InspiraFarms research to cut harvest losses in developing countries

The firm’s project features the installation of energy-efficient, small-scale refrigerated storage near the point of harvest to cut losses and drive investment across Africa, India and Latin America.

Phatisa hires Eugene Stals as CIO

The manager is currently raising its Food Fund 2, which held a first close on $125m and is targeting a final close on $300m by the middle of next year.

South African SWF teams with black-owned investor group for landmark beef deal

EXEO Capital chief executive Herman Marais tells Agri Investor skills transfer will be key to the success of any effort to bring more black farmers and investors into South Africa’s ag economy.

responsAbility backs developing world organics

Head of agriculture equity Rik Vyverman says Suminter’s customer base among Western food and clothing providers reduces foreign exchange risk and helps the investment meet the firm’s financial return target.

Phatisa reaches $121m first close on second fund

Founding partner Stuart Bradley says the private equity firm has deliberately aimed to increase the participation of private investors in its second vehicle, which already counts OPIC and the AfDB among its LPs.

DPI splashes $100m on Moroccan irrigation business

Partner Sofiane Lahmar says the Africa-focused PE firm, which has nearly fully deployed its $725m Fund II, will look to increase its exposure to agriculture.

What role for the private sector in South Africa’s land reform?

While critics focus on the government's efforts to initiate expropriations without compensation, an insider says landowners are already starting to experiment with new ownership models.

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