The total amount raised by the Nigeria-focused agri impact fund could hit $76m if an additional investment by Germany’s KfW Development Bank is approved.
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The guarantees from the World Bank’s credit and political risk insurance arm will go to the country’s agriculture and infrastructure bank, with Standard Chartered Bank signing $500m in term loans.
South Africa’s agricultural sector grew 5.5% in Q1 2017 and booked a record maize crop.
The investment in the jointly owned Ghana-based dairy company will be used to expand factory production
Moringa investment director Guillaume Maillard describes the links between agroforestry and impact, the evolving approach to impact investing among European family offices and what staffing an impact focus can entail.
Investment of $3m from the €84m Moringa fund will help Asante Capital’s efforts to develop plywood, essential oils and food products industries in the east African nation.
The $300m fund of funds will target returns of about 20% through investments with mid-market private equity funds in frontier and emerging markets, potentially including agriculture-focused funds.
The Economist Corporate Network’s Africa director says national governments can play an important role in creating opportunities for private equity investments in Africa’s food and agriculture sectors.
It’s the latest among a slew of African countries falling victim to the pest, which has emerged in regions already plagued by drought and wheat rust outbreaks.
With commitments from four new investors – among them AXA and KBC – the impact investor has raised a total of $140m for its agRIF fund.