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Exclusive: Rabobank mulls securitization of UN fund loans

Director of sustainability Bas Ruter tells Agri Investor how the Dutch bank hopes to securitize loans provided through a $1bn facility established alongside the UN once enough investments have been made.

Row crop recovery: a threat to organic?

Shortly after acquiring a 6000-acre farm in Washington state, founder Craig Wichner says the case for listing Farmland LP’s second vehicle, for which it is seeking $150m, may become prevalent in the future.

Can agri be defensive?

Agriculture has done well in the benign post-crisis environment created by central banks. But is it equipped to survive shocks?

Rohatyn Group eyes Eastern Europe, Asia post-GMORR acquisition

Founder Nick Rohatyn and partner Eva Greger tell Agri Investor how the firm plans to bank on its experience in emerging markets to expand its agricultural and forestry footprint.

Ag-focused PE vet joins Vermont impact investor

Skip Wyer tells Agri Investor that that he joined Vermont Works to develop a $50m fund offering 20 percent annual returns through investments in the state’s entrepreneurs, including many agricultural producers focused on sustainability.

Ecotierra launches $50m sustainability fund, eyes Q1 2018 close

The agroforestry developer has partnered Quebec’s Fondaction and France's Mirova to target projects aimed at mitigating deforestation and land degradation in Latin America.

AgDevCo backs smallholder farmers in Senegal, Mozambique

The impact investor is supporting a Senegalese rice miller and a Mozambican livestock company as part of an $11.5m program complementing its main investment activity.

Pipeline Foods expands Missouri organic soy facility

The AMERRA Capital Management-backed company continues assembling its organic grains and oils supply chain as Rabobank reports that domestic supply is “struggling to catch up” with demand.

Smith College endowment targets agri amid impact push

The $1.8bn Massachusetts institution has announced plans to seek exposure to sustainable agriculture and other impact investing sub-sectors. Will the move signal a trend among endowments?

How Agriculture Capital attracted public pensions

In the first installment of a two-part interview, we look at the challenges the firm had to overcome to get institutional investors to commit to its $548m second fund.

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