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The Impact Alternatives Fund will invest up to 30% of its capital in regen ag and up to 20% in environmental assets in response to investor feedback.
Red mangrove forest
Environmental stakeholders are accustomed to thinking about natural benefits such as pollination as a ‘service’ – investors will need to do the same to grasp the natural capital opportunity.
The vehicle has already made four investments across its mandate, with Peruvian agribusiness Phoenix Foods and solar energy solutions provider SunColombia among the early beneficiaries.
Managing director Rekha Unnithan says investors are increasingly looking at impact from a private equity perspective.
The Nature Conservancy managing director Charlotte Kaiser said the body could work with RRG in several ways to achieve a conservation outcome.
The impact fund has a five-year investment period but OP chief investment officer Erkko Ryynänen expects it to be fully invested within three years, at which point a follow-on vehicle will be raised.
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.
Free range chickens - Organic
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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