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GIIN co-founder Amit Bouri says connections to rural poverty, social justice and climate change have helped make food and agriculture the most common sector for impact investors.
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The vehicle will focus on healthy food and related supply chains – chief investment officer Ross Iverson said future efforts may broaden to include other elements of health and wellness.
Mitchell Presser says ongoing consolidation of supply chains and agriculture-focused technologies is likely to drive deal activity in the years to come.
Impact-focused 8F Asset Management is expected to launch two PE funds that will be used to develop salmon farming businesses in China and Brunei, Agri Investor understands.
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Ken Mehlman says the $1.3bn vehicle will draw on KKR’s previous protein investments in Asia and support a focus on wastewater treatment in North America and Europe.
Chief investment officer Geert Peetermans says the change reflects a natural evolution towards investor-favorable structures within the rapidly developing impact investing market.
Carrot growing in soil
The blended finance vehicle has also attracted investments from the European Investment Bank as well as French and British government agencies.
Commitments from the likes of AOL co-founder Steve Case’s investment firm and NBA player Blake Griffin show 'it’s an exciting time to be in agriculture,' says founder and chief executive Jonathan Webb.
Growing Underground farm
The experience of London-based start-up Growing Underground and the previous excitement created by its predecessors, suggests institutional capital could enter the fray sooner rather than later.
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AgFunder founding partner Rob Leclerc says his firm’s dedicated alternative protein fund has attracted incumbents from the meat and dairy space who see the fledgling market as ‘a hedge’.
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