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A recent World Bank report concluded that agribusinesses with a positive impact on local communities performed better than those without.
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Invested Development, the early-stage impact fund, has invested into iProcure, a sales and inventory management software company based in Africa.
The African agribusiness-focused firm is targeting up to $200m for Fund II and wants private sector participation to exceed Fund I’s 35% benchmark.
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Wildlife Works Carbon is raising $15m in its second round of financing for a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Soybean harvest
The African agriculture asset management firm is currently fundraising for integrated farming projects in Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria, looking to invest into soybean and other farms.
The Danish government will invest Kr40m into the new agriculture private equity fund and hopes to attract a further Kr800m from local pension funds and other private investors.
A development equity is the perfect way for development finance institutions and private equity investors to invest together, writes Duncan Owen, senior managing partner of Phatisa.
In 2013 some $7.2 billion of private capital was committed to African agriculture projects through Grow Africa, the partnership programme established by the World Economic Forum, NEPAD and the African Union to accelerate the transformation of African agriculture. This is twice the amount in 2012.
Attracting investment into Africa is not straightforward and there is no clear solution. But appealing to DFIs is a good place to start; the institutions will follow eventually.

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