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EBRD approves $150m loan for Olam

The development bank’s cash infusion will help the Singaporean agribusiness trader invest in its existing operations in Egypt, Georgia, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Farmland Partners secures $80m in financing

The fresh round of term loan financing agreed with Rabo AgriFinance will go to paying down debt maturing this year.

Former Fonterra chairman to head Rabobank Australia

A year after being named chairman of Rabobank New Zealand, Henry van der Heyden will succeed Bill Gury to head the bank’s Australia board.

Happy lending? Credit to agriculture, US vs Germany

Fresh datasets by the FAO allow for comparisons of credit trends across the globe. We look at how agriculture has fared relative to other sectors in two of the largest developed economies.

Conterra adds ex-Rabo lending exec in wake of $400m fund launch

Nick Stokes will work across the Iowa-based firm’s alternative lending platforms, the latest of which focuses on borrowers that do not meet traditional underwriting criteria.

IFC considers backing China agri loans with $44m

The proposed partnership with JD Chongqing Microcredit Company would support loans designed to encourage the use of data in agri lending and expand financial access for under-served communities.

Real assets lead Q2 US public pension allocations

Atlanta-based research firm eVestment reports an 85% increase in real asset allocations over the past year.

Barclays tops up UK farm loan vehicle with £100m

The bank is adding another £100m to the vehicle it launched last July to support farmers operating in a volatile market by enabling them to invest in their businesses.

US farm economy stabilizing: Farmer Mac

In its quarterly agricultural outlook, Farmer Mac sounded a note of optimism on farmers’ net income and detailed recent conditions throughout in the US agricultural economy.

HGGC takes $446m Nutraceuticals private

Valued at $446m, including a debt refinancing to come, the take-private sees will see HGGC acquire the company's portfolio of more than 70 health food and supplement brands.