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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.

Paine Schwartz adds ex-Monsanto exec as operating director

Rick Greubel joins the food and agribusiness-focused firm while it continues to develop its $300m-$400m earlier-stage vehicle.

Specialty coffee ripe for a shot of capital

The owner of Brazil’s largest biodynamic farm tells us the industry is failing to catch up with demand because of a lack of financing.

What ag can do for your sovereign fund

UK researchers believe including farmland and timber in SWFs’ portfolios enhances their long-term performance. Should we be convinced?

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