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FMO backs Paraguay ag bank with $15m loan

Alvaro Pino, investment officer at the Dutch development bank, tells Agri Investor that DFIs and impact investors remain the main source of capital for all but the largest participants in the South American nation’s agricultural economy.

Timber investment central to NZ Super Fund’s strong returns

New Zealand’s sovereign wealth fund has namechecked its 42% stake in Kaingaroa Timberlands as a strong performer in FY18.

The right guy in Uruguay

Ag investors talk up Latin America’s potential, but the diablo is in the details. Here’s a strategy that seems to nail the main bits.

Booming biofuel demand to help Brazil top LatAm agribusiness

Bruce Rastetter of Summit Ag, which expects to break ground on its second corn ethanol plant in Brazil this month, says key infrastructure projects could also loosen the country’s transportation bottlenecks.

Campbell crafts timber tie-up in bid to enter carbon-offset market

The firm hopes its partnership with Bluesource will help generate additional income while raising forestry's profile among ESG-focused LPs, executives at the TIMO tell Agri Investor.

Frontier-market sustainable forestry fund reaches $60m close

The fund will target 12% annual returns as the profile of developing-world timber rises among impact investors, says Arbaro Advisors MD Marco Kaiser.

Specialty lender backs Paraguay agribusiness with $8m loan

Latitude 20 Capital Partners’ Eimaad Ahmed says political and infrastructure conditions in Paraguay have allowed it to take greater advantage of the US-China trade war than its Latin American peers.

Private equity prepares to follow organic farmers into the mainstream

Accelerating changes in farming techniques will create a wider market for biological inputs, says Pam Marrone, chief executive of Ospraie portfolio company MBI.

Virtuous investors need serious benchmarks

An ambitious campaign to stop deforestation in Brazil hints at how institutions’ fiduciary clout can help bring about crucial change – and under what conditions.

Why Paine Schwartz’s food safety company keeps gobbling up peers

Brad Riemenapp, chief executive of newly rebranded FoodChain ID, tells Agri Investor he expects the company will have doubled in size by the end of his first full year.

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