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Tank half-empty for crop-based biofuels

‘Second-generation’ bioethanol has emerged stronger after the EU capped fuels produced from food crops and banned those made from palm oil. Market reactions were mixed.

Carbon credit sales to boost Aussie timber asset’s bottom line

In a first, New Forests portfolio company Forico will sell carbon credits generated from a new 630-hectare forest project to the government.

Future meat tax ‘highly probable’

An investor group vocal about environmental issues says food companies and their financial backers should use an internal ‘shadow price’ to account for future costs applied to protein production.

Ecotierra launches $50m sustainability fund, eyes Q1 2018 close

The agroforestry developer has partnered Quebec’s Fondaction and France's Mirova to target projects aimed at mitigating deforestation and land degradation in Latin America.

Canadian government, UBC tackle gas emissions

The government’s C$1.8m investment with the University of British Columbia is one of 20 new research projects supported by the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program aimed at emissions mitigation in the ag sector.

Investor appetite flows into Australia’s Riverina Region

Known as the country’s ‘food bowl’, the region’s capacity for year-round crop production as well as permanent plantings is a major draw for institutional investors – both domestic and foreign.

‘Natural capital is at the heart of sustainable development’

Gautier Quéru, investment director at Mirova, talks about the imminent launch of the firm's $300m fund, in partnership with the UN, to help achieve land degradation neutrality.

Zimbabwe’s ag sector gets $242m boost from EU, FAO

The funding will go towards increasing productivity through sustainable practices, ensuring food security, and promoting resilience and climate change mitigation.

Dutch fund supports northern Nigerian farmers

Two Dutch government-linked entities have collaborated to provide a $4m loan supporting efforts of smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria to boost yields and adapt to climate change.

Australian scientists call for A$1bn public-private agri fund

The fund should back private sector fund managers and speed the commercialization of emerging agri tech and practices in the country.

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