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Firm partner Adam Oliver says institutional farmland managers’ efforts to broaden portfolios and diversify risk is helping create interest in the country.
Cows in the Field, south of Chile
The move comes after two failed follow-on fundraising attempts and a raft of senior departures over the years.
Chief investment officer Geert Peetermans says the change reflects a natural evolution towards investor-favorable structures within the rapidly developing impact investing market.
Carrot growing in soil
The blended finance vehicle has also attracted investments from the European Investment Bank as well as French and British government agencies.
From the blue economy and climate change through to water management and zero deforestation, our A-Z of Responsible Investing takes a look at the most pressing themes, as suggested by the industry.
The Agri-Business Capital Fund was launched in February 2019 with an initial €50 million commitment from stakeholders including the EU and the government of Luxembourg.
The Swiss impact asset manager said closure of the Fair Agriculture Fund did not reflect any change in investor demand for exposure to the vehicle, which had invested more than $1bn across 52 countries since 2011.
Investment into areas such as agtech, aquaculture, controlled environment agriculture and sustainable proteins are expected to bear the biggest opportunities.
The Canadian DFI’s commitment includes provisions to encourage gender equality in Africa’s forestry sector and within the forestry fund itself.
Green tea plantation, South Asia
Head of South Asia Srini Nagarajan says food and agri investments in the region have been ‘ignored substantially’ by private equity.
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