The total amount raised by the Nigeria-focused agri impact fund could hit $76m if an additional investment by Germany’s KfW Development Bank is approved.
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The IPD UK Annual Forestry Index recorded an annual return of 10.7%, a decline on 2014 and 2015 levels.
Nearly the entire $28.4 million in loans the impact investment firm approved in March went to support companies operating in the agribusiness and food-related sectors in emerging markets.
Investment of $3m from the €84m Moringa fund will help Asante Capital’s efforts to develop plywood, essential oils and food products industries in the east African nation.
The $50m investment marks the debut agri investment and second investment overall from The Rise Find, TPG Growth’s $2bn global impact fund.
In a new report by Cambridge Associates and Global Impact Investment Network, impact funds delivered and 80% higher return than conventional funds through June of last year.
The $300m fund of funds will target returns of about 20% through investments with mid-market private equity funds in frontier and emerging markets, potentially including agriculture-focused funds.
CIO Roland Lescure said the challenge in doing so has been finding ways to measure the actual environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of the companies his firm invests in.
Fonds agroalimentaire CDPQ will make direct and fund investments designed to support Quebec’s agri businesses, new farmers and established family farmers.
The investment includes an equity and revenue sharing agreement with a non-profit organization that provides training and support formerly gang members.