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The blended-finance impact vehicle was initiated by the UN and has made five investments with underlying commodities such as cocoa, hazelnuts and timber.
Debt commitment to ETG will allow the agricultural conglomerate to strengthen its food value chains which support more than 550,000 smallholder farmers in Africa alone.
The Horizon Fund will be managed by the investment banking company’s sustainable investing group and target growth-oriented private equity investments in climate-transition related businesses.
Managing partner Emanuel Citron says ag and water are both of interest to the firm’s strategy of pursuing impact through investments into asset managers and financial services firms.
The 2021 Responsible Investor Forum heard how the agriculture investing market’s well-developed themes of environmental risk management and stewardship are now at the center of discussions about post-pandemic capitalism.
Fall armyworm
The agtech start-up received a $10m investment from the Gates Foundation to deliver a biodegradable version of its alternative input to smallholder farmers.
Green cabbage field, Nile, Africa
The African impact investor fell short of its $300m target but continues to target IRRs ‘in the twenties,’ says managing partner Stuart Bradley.
Sprouting onion, farming, growing
Direction of travel signaled by the bloc over the past few years is creating a fundraising environment beneficial to start-ups and is now backed by a sustainability conscious subsidy package.
Co-founder Amit Bouri says new analysis helps set the stage for agriculture to drive a ‘race to the top’ in strengthening performance ratings and benchmarks for impact investment.
Plastic Ocean Pollution
The duo will seek to drive impact through investment and active engagement with globally diversified businesses that have growth potential.
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