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Investors should ‘limit reliance on third-party due diligence’

An FAO/OECD report warns that over-reliance on third parties risks missing ‘red flags’ determined by agricultural operations and suggests companies integrate field-based staff and producers on the ground in developing countries to mitigate this.

Brazil’s centrists ‘could bolster Bolsonaro’s agribusiness reform efforts’

Chief executive Sebastian Popik tells Agri Investor that after a years-long period when macroeconomic uncertainty complicated Brazil-focused fundraising efforts, he expects a surge following the country’s October 28 election.

South African SWF teams with black-owned investor group for landmark beef deal

EXEO Capital chief executive Herman Marais tells Agri Investor skills transfer will be key to the success of any effort to bring more black farmers and investors into South Africa’s ag economy.

FMO backs Paraguay ag bank with $15m loan

Alvaro Pino, investment officer at the Dutch development bank, tells Agri Investor that DFIs and impact investors remain the main source of capital for all but the largest participants in the South American nation’s agricultural economy.

Tariff retaliation relief package to provide $7m benefit to organics

Mercaris senior economist Ryan Koory and founder Kelle James tell Agri Investor how the support comes as US organic producers navigate changes in import and investment patterns.

Geopolitics still loom over resurgent ex-Soviet markets

Agriculture in Russia and Ukraine seems to be back in robust shape. For foreign investors looking to make the trip, however, factors to consider run beyond economics.

Saudi firm chalks up massive Ukraine deal as foreign interest tentatively returns

A source familiar with the deal tells Agri Investor it comes as some international investors explore re-entry into a market many fled three-and-a-half years ago amid heightened tensions with Russia.

DPI splashes $100m on Moroccan irrigation business

Partner Sofiane Lahmar says the Africa-focused PE firm, which has nearly fully deployed its $725m Fund II, will look to increase its exposure to agriculture.

The right guy in Uruguay

Ag investors talk up Latin America’s potential, but the diablo is in the details. Here’s a strategy that seems to nail the main bits.

What role for the private sector in South Africa’s land reform?

While critics focus on the government's efforts to initiate expropriations without compensation, an insider says landowners are already starting to experiment with new ownership models.

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