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Aquaculture in Norway
The firm's first two funds have almost raised a combined $250m from family offices and will invest in Norwegian ag and energy companies before exporting them to South-East Asia.
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The Agri-Business Capital Fund was launched in February 2019 with an initial €50 million commitment from stakeholders including the EU and the government of Luxembourg.
The Swiss impact asset manager said closure of the Fair Agriculture Fund did not reflect any change in investor demand for exposure to the vehicle, which had invested more than $1bn across 52 countries since 2011.
Global food and agriculture sector lead Taryn Goodman said the fund’s portfolio companies are well placed to support local income and benefit from increasing affluence.
The launch of a new impact investment fund in Western Australia signals that impact investing in ag is continuing to find its feet and grow more popular among LPs.
Green tea plantation, South Asia
Head of South Asia Srini Nagarajan says food and agri investments in the region have been ‘ignored substantially’ by private equity.
GIIN research manager Rachel Bass says grant capital is a good match for the incubators, accelerators and de-risking mechanisms that can be pivotal in encouraging investment across sectors in frontier markets.
Managing partner Edward Isingoma says investors are more interested in Uganda’s burgeoning cannabis industry than the plant-based 'superfood', long viewed as having significant social impact potential for the developing world.
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