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GEF spin-out hits $80m first close on Africa timber fund

Criterion Africa Partners, a Maryland headquartered firm comprised of the team formerly behind Global Environmental Fund’s Africa Sustainable Forestry program, is targeting $150m for the team’s second vehicle.

African Development Bank backs PE fund with $15m commitment

The investment in Zebu Investment Partners’ Africa Food Security Fund comes soon after publication of a UN report highlighting agriculture as a key sector in efforts to manage migration flows on the continent.

responsAbility ag-debt fund secures anchor investment

The development-focused asset manager has clinched a pledge from Kempen Capital for its new fund, which targets up to $300m over the next three years to support ag lending in the developing world.

Dodging disasters

Often ripe for disruption, emerging-market agribusiness offers abundant promise – and plenty of pitfalls. Here are some hints on how to side-step them.

Land unlocked: Earning double-digit returns in Uganda

Fresh infrastructure projects and political will could soon put the country more firmly on the radar of investors, but risks are commensurate with potential rewards.

EXEO buys 49% of Zambian cold-chain protein business

The diversified portfolio of Capital Fisheries, which has also started selling meat, makes it less vulnerable to potential shocks like epidemics, investment associate Ellora Ghosh told Agri Investor.

LISTEN: A farming fiasco

In 2016, Aaron Beydoun launched a greenfield project in South America. A year later, the venture had already folded. In this podcast, the ag expert tells us what caused it to collapse – and what he would change if he had to do it again.

Dallas pension unwinds ag program amid separate-account mismatch

Dallas Police and Fire Pension System investment manager Ryan Wagner tells Agri Investor that an ongoing review at the $2.1bn pension includes examination of fund structures most appropriate for an agricultural investor of its size.

FMO impact loan fund reaches $250m first close

European pensions are more comfortable with debt than equity when investing in the developing world, the Dutch institution's investment management chief tells us.

EXEO partners Norfund to inject $17m into African flower grower

The firm is betting on consolidation of the global horticulture market with the second deal of its follow-on fund, which it is currently raising.

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