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Aqua backs Brazil biologicals company with $30m

Managing partner Sebastian Popik tells Agri Investor that intense competition in Brazil’s biologicals market inspired the firm to build their own company before buying a stake in Total Biotechnologia.

Brazil: Carnival atmosphere or another Latin lesson for ag?

With the conversion of rainforest into farmland likely to be a closely watched gauge of Brazil’s new administration, farmland investors active in the market will be challenged to carefully weigh near-term opportunities and long-term challenges.

Rabobank joins DFIs in $100m Argentina citrus company loan

San Miguel chief financial officer Patricio Aguirre Saravia tells Agri Investor that in recent months, a combination of economic and political factors has complicated the borrowing environment facing Argentina’s agribusinesses.

Cargill acquires second Colombian poultry producer

Xavier Vargas, president of Cargill Protein Latin America, tells Agri Investor the acquisition reflects a company-wide focus on protein and is part of $100m investment earmarked for Colombia in 2017-20.

Brazil’s centrists ‘could bolster Bolsonaro’s agribusiness reform efforts’

Chief executive Sebastian Popik tells Agri Investor that after a years-long period when macroeconomic uncertainty complicated Brazil-focused fundraising efforts, he expects a surge following the country’s October 28 election.

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.
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