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Head of agriculture equity Rik Vyverman says Suminter’s customer base among Western food and clothing providers reduces foreign exchange risk and helps the investment meet the firm’s financial return target.

Family offices’ desire for impact and illiquid deals ‘driving appetite for ag’

Firms are starting to get over ‘the hangover of 2008’ as a new, more ESG-minded, generation of leadership assumes control.

The UK’s ‘livestock eBay’ aims to disrupt ag trade by going into genetics

Hectare Agritech chief executive Doug Bairner says the company’s online marketplace is now used by 25% of UK farms and will launch in at least one European country next year.

ACERA to make ag and timber pledges in effort to boost real assets

As it scouts the market for private infrastructure, timber and farmland funds, the $8.1bn pension has created a temporary allocation to invest in passive vehicles offering exposure to the same underlying assets.

Northern California draws in private capital in post-drought recovery

The 'very efficient' almond market and rising land values are probably among the factors that just prompted AgIS Capital to buy a 952-acre property for a reported $24m.

CPC sells 850,000ha Nockatunga Station as portfolio divestment begins

The A$50m asset is the first to be broken off from the company’s wider portfolio, which is still subject to a sale process.

Bill Gates-led VC and Singapore SWF bet on alternative fertilizers

Pivot Bio chief executive Karsten Temme says the nitrogen-producing microbe business, which just closed a $70m Series B, could help upend a market worth about $200bn.

Salveo backs cannabis biotech in $10m Series A

Managing partner Jeffrey Howard says Front Range Biosciences is among the companies benefiting from a surge in private investor interest in cannabis.

Phatisa reaches $121m first close on second fund

Founding partner Stuart Bradley says the private equity firm has deliberately aimed to increase the participation of private investors in its second vehicle, which already counts OPIC and the AfDB among its LPs.

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.

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