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Gaining investment exposure to UK farmland is near impossible. But issuing loans to UK farmers provides access and enables investors to do some good, argues Robert Bourn, partner at Agri Partners.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor
Agri Partners and Caribbean Sustainable Agriculture are making use of debt - should more agri investment firms follow their lead?
Newly launched Agri Partners is offering debt exposure to UK farmland through private funding syndicates. It has completed its first two deals.
To build its first large-scale biosolids-to-fertliser facility, VitAg issued tax-exempt bonds and equity to a range of institutional, private equity and strategic investors including a TPG affiliate.
The International Finance Corporation has announced a $250m investment into poultry producer MHP, which employs over 30,000 people.
Prudential Agricultural Investments (PAI), the US-based agriculture debt and equity business of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, has made two new hires, including to a newly-created chief investment officer position.
Mandala Capital is planning the final close of its 10-year Indian Agribusiness private equity fund in November this year.
The US brokerage firm is offering investors access to partially owned mortgage pools in the agricultural sector.
The Africa Agriculture Trade Investment Fund has committed $25m for loans to be provided through South African lender BancABC.
The development bank is now considering investing into the equity of agribusinesses, as well as providing loans to the sector.

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