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Meet the Chinese investor who’s putting France on edge

Keqin Hu, the chairman of a detergent and food conglomerate, has discreetly amassed hectares of French arable land. In the first of a series, we gather clues about the billionaire businessman.

LISTEN: Why ag salaries are on the rise

In our first podcast, we speak to Kincannon & Reed's Jos Boeren to find out who's hiring, what résumés they want to receive and whether LPs and GPs are starting to compete for talent.

UK ag supplier into administration following takeover collapse

Countrywide Farmers has received 'varied expressions of interest' after its sale to a rival group was blocked by the regulator.

Demand for ‘niche’ real assets boosts ag and timber

LPs' drive for diversification within real assets and a functional approach to portfolio construction means the asset class is no longer 'uncharted,' says bfinance.

Why a Chinese investor is fast becoming France’s bête noire

A string of opaque land acquisitions has put the country’s farmers on edge. Should they be worried?

Irish farmers fret over post-Brexit subsidy cliff edge

TJ Flanagan, chief executive of the country's Co-operative Organisation Society, says a hole in the EU budget is only one of many impacts Brexit will have on the sector. He details several potential remedies in an interview with Agri Investor.

Sub-Saharan ag needs to move beyond DFI reliance, says PE boss

The growth of Africa's middle class is 'over-hyped,' says EXEO Capital's Herman Marais as he details his firm's efforts to boost the private sector's role in its second vehicle.

Brexit not the only force driving UK land values

A ‘counter-intuitive’ lack of supply is helping to balance out uncertainty caused by Brexit, a mitigating factor more prevalent in Scotland than England.

The future of farmers is to become energy producers

The UK's agricultural industry is turning to renewables as a fresh source of income at a time when farming subsidies face uncertain prospects.

German in-store farming start-up gets $25m backing

London-based Balderton Capital led the Series A funding, which Infarm will use to expand its network across Europe.

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