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Ag aligns with investor’s frontier finance impact goals – GIIN

GIIN research manager Rachel Bass says grant capital is a good match for the incubators, accelerators and de-risking mechanisms that can be pivotal in encouraging investment across sectors in frontier markets.

Moringa ‘hype’ outpaces investor demand – Pearl Capital Partners

Managing partner Edward Isingoma says investors are more interested in Uganda’s burgeoning cannabis industry than the plant-based 'superfood', long viewed as having significant social impact potential for the developing world.

BlueOrchard nears halfway point on $100m fundraise

The InsuResilience Investment Fund offers public money on concessional terms that is designed to act as first-loss capital to help attract additional private investment.
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UK Export Finance’s $73m loan to help rehabilitate Angola’s cattle sector

Head of agency says there is a mismatch between the number of international companies interested in export credit in the country and lenders capable of operating there.
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EXEO backs Tanzanian producer of Purdue University-designed grain bags

The South African private equity firm said the Gates Foundation's decision that the woven polymer storage bags had reached commercial maturity cleared the way for it to invest in the product, which is used in the cement and agriculture industries.
EIB will use its lending partnership in Kenya as a model as it extends its support to Zambian smallholders

Fund commitments, bank partnerships reflect broader EIB focus on African agri

European Investment Bank will use a previous lending partnership in Kenya as a model as it extends its support to Zambia’s smallholders.

DOB Equity invests in Kenyan lab testing business

The firm invested in Cropnuts, which provides lab tests on soil, water and crops, alongside AHL Venture Partners, with food security a continuing thematic for the Dutch family office investor.
FinDev Canada’s CIO says its focus on women’s empowerment means it will take into account female executives’ backgrounds and experience when evaluating funds

FinDev Canada’s agri investments to mix fund and direct approaches

The development finance institution’s CIO says its focus on women’s economic empowerment means it will incorporate a broader view of female executives’ backgrounds and experience when evaluating funds for potential investment.

Soros development fund helps Ugandan agbiz vehicle close on €20m

Soros Economic Development Fund principal Jocelyn Songco says the first-loss tranche provided to the Yield Uganda Investment Fund shows how impact finance can adapt to unorthodox strategies in high-risk sectors.

EXEO Capital reaches $146m final close on second Africa-focused agribusiness fund

Agri-Vie Fund II falls just short of $150m target but EXEO managing partner Herman Marais says food and agri remains a ‘logical entry point’ for long-term investors who want exposure to Africa.
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