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.
At a time when most Middle Eastern sovereigns are already hungry for farmland deals, geopolitical tensions are pushing Qatar’s state-backed fund into an even greater acquisitive mode. Should other investors fear the competition?
Criterion Africa Partners, a Maryland headquartered firm comprised of the team formerly behind Global Environmental Fund’s Africa Sustainable Forestry program, is targeting $150m for the team’s second vehicle.
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.
Following her resignation last week, Kat Taylor tells Agri Investor that even as a member of the university’s second-highest governing body, she was unable to get a definitive picture of the $37bn endowment’s agriculture investments.