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Abraaj pauses fundraising as founder steps aside

The emerging markets firm has halted fundraising and capital deployment as Arif Naqvi hands over leadership to two co-heads.

The future of farmers is to become energy producers

The UK's agricultural industry is turning to renewables as a fresh source of income at a time when farming subsidies face uncertain prospects.

Inside a biofuel mega-deal: BlackRock, a Chinese university and many tons of waste

Montreal-based Enerkem has just raised C$280m to build facilities in the US and Europe. We zoom in on the transaction’s structure and what it says about institutional appetite for advanced biofuels.

South African merger to create listed investment champion

Overberg Agri and Acorn Agri, which is backed by local firms African Rainbow Capital and Sanlam, are each valued at more than $180m.

UK’s wealthiest land-owning family bets on North American ag

A subsidiary of Grosvenor Estate has put an ex-Cargill and Syngenta exec in charge of running its new office in Minneapolis.

Exclusive: Cordiant nears $500m first close on seventh fund

Having hired two Brazil-based execs, the Montreal-headquartered debt firm plans to raise a separate vehicle devoted to agriculture once it has closed its flagship fund.

Permanent crops to buoy Australian deals in 2018, says CBRE

Sheep and horticultural assets will be the hot-ticket items that continue to draw investor interest in Australian ag, the real estate firm predicts.

Nordic Aquafarms to build $500m salmon farm in Maine

Chief executive Erik Heim tells Agri Investor that the company's move into the US comes amid growing investor appetite for onshore aquaculture after a doubling of costs for sea-borne fish farms.

Australia sets ‘tough new rules’ on foreign investment

Treasurer Scott Morrison today unveiled a law giving domestic buyers first right to farmland for transactions of more than A$15m. We take a look at the small print.

The sovereign wealth fund dilemma

State-backed vehicles have good reasons to invest in agriculture. Can they do it at scale without running into political hurdles?