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The $30bn pension has committed $75m to a food-focused fund managed by KKR spin-out Butterfly Equity.
Private equity can respond to consumer demand by helping encourage adoption of new technologies and conversion of conventional farmland to organic production, according to Rabobank.
Impact Vision and Ag Voice took home the people’s and judge’s choice awards, respectively, at Rabobank’s Food Bytes conference in New York.
Kim Homa and Robin Olson, both formerly of USC Consulting Group, have joined the food and consumer-focused firm to focus on supply chains and manufacturing, respectively.
The agricultural lender said that a certification supporting a price premium for produce from farms transitioning to organic production could help ease growing supply challenges.
South Africa’s agricultural sector grew 5.5% in Q1 2017 and booked a record maize crop.
The funds, raised by Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners and other sustainability-focused investors, will enable Fishpeople Seafood to expand its product range and distribution.
Despite having widely supported leaving the EU, British farmers are showing a loss of confidence in the sector’s future post-Brexit, an NFU survey finds.
Mitsui & Co has acquired Top Seeds 2010, making it the third agri/food-related deal the Japanese trading house has announced since the beginning of the year.
A group including Accel Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners participated in the Series E round in the Indian food delivery company.

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