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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.

Paine Schwartz hires former Monsanto strategy exec

Steve Bierschenk’s nearly 20 years at the St Louis-headquartered agrochemical giant culminated in a five-year stint as vice-president of global strategy.

Exclusive: Stafford hires ex-headhunter as ag chief in asset class push

An alumnus from Macquarie’s Pastoral Fund has also joined the secondaries specialist just a year after the firm made its first investment in agriculture.

Italian ag fund backs chestnut leader in bid to build transformed-fruit platform

FAI has already deployed 60% of capital raised at first close as it progresses towards its €50m fundraising target.

Kainos Capital sells ingredients producer to MidOcean

Florida Food Products snapped up as its new owners look to capitalise on soaring growth in the clean label and packaged meat market.

Bega Cheese to raise A$200m as it weighs up Capilano Honey bid

The Australian dairy company could use the funds to spark a bidding war with Wattle Hill and Roc Capital for the listed honey producer.

When agriculture becomes infrastructure (and vice-versa)

Antin, a prominent infrastructure manager, has just acquired a live salmon transportation business. In what bucket should we put this asset?

Booming biofuel demand to help Brazil top LatAm agribusiness

Bruce Rastetter of Summit Ag, which expects to break ground on its second corn ethanol plant in Brazil this month, says key infrastructure projects could also loosen the country’s transportation bottlenecks.

Maersk enters Finistere’s grain storage-focused $6.5m Series A

As it strives to become a more diversified logistics provider, 114-year-old Maersk hopes to learn from entrepreneurs by becoming a 'credible' investor, says Maersk Growth venture partner Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen.
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Proterra puts 49,000-ha Australian grain enterprise on the block

Expected to attract institutional investor interest, the transaction could value Riverina cropping enterprise BFB at up to A$400m, Agri Investor understands.

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