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African swine fever’s unknowable toll

It’s too soon to know how institutional investors not directly invested in China’s pig farms will be affected, but no interested party can afford to take their eye off an outbreak that is expected to claim 55% of China's pig herd by year-end.

African swine fever: Inside Proterra’s Shandong joint-venture

Managing partner Rich Gammill’s first-hand account describes the march of a disease that caught out China’s farmers and central government, and left a global supply gap that will impact all protein trade flows.

Paine Schwartz taps SWF capital to exceed hard-cap on $1.45bn Fund V

CEO Kevin Schwartz says the firm specifically targeted investors outside of its traditional base in the US and Europe, resulting in commitments coming in from institutions in China, Japan and the Middle East.

Weyerhaeuser’s $300m timberland sale could signal northern US timber exit

Following its disposal of 555,000 Michigan acres, Weyerhaeuser’s plans for similar properties in Maine could provide clues as to whether the sale marks a shift in species preference.

Rabobank: Australian grain-fed beef exports could grow 65% in 10 years

Research has found that the level of grain-fed beef exports from Australia could increase to more than 500,000 tonnes by 2030, due to rising demand from an increasingly wealthy middle class in China.

Four takeaways from Agri Investor’s Australia Forum

This year’s conference saw more LPs than ever before, as agriculture continues to grow as an asset class.

New Sumitomo unit to hunt ag VC investments

Sumitomo's Corporate Venture and Innovation Office will also explore investments in healthcare, environment, and information and communication technology.

Mitsui expands investment in Vietnamese shrimp with agri identified as growth area

The Japanese investment giant has acquired stake in Minh Phu Seafood after first investing in an affiliated company in 2013.

Japan Post Bank eyes agri opportunities

Director of private equity and infrastructure Yasuhiro Ono said the institution is looking to diversify across geographies, vintages and managers.

Western Sydney International Airport could house agtech cluster: report

Report from the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre proposes a cluster that would enable Australia to increase its exports of fresh fruit and vegetables, and other commodities.
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