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The UN arm that tackles rural poverty and hunger amended its 42-year-old founding document in February 2019 so it can invest in private vehicles to enhance its scale and impact.
Mbuyu Capital Partners co-founder Michiel Timmerman says low or non-existent fees for co-investments in Africa feed demand for such deals among his pension fund and endowment clients.
The UAE capital will deploy $270m by 2021 as part of a strategic agtech program that has the end-goal of turning the city into a regional and global exporting hub of food tech innovation.
The first $10m tranche of the investment forms the bulk of Pure Harvest’s $20.6m Series A, with access to the rest of the outlay dependent on expansion targets being met.
Vertical farming facility
US-based vertical farmer AeroFarms will build what is claimed to be the largest vertical farming R&D center of its kind in Abu Dhabi, while UAE-based vertical farmer Madar Farms will build an indoor tomato farm through the investment.
Desert Quarry
New Zealand is one of the few western countries to still export phosphate from the disputed territory, which the legal action from the Polisario Front seeks to highlight and curtail.
EXEO partner Izak Strauss says firms like Masimong Group Holdings that invest to promote black empowerment in South Africa are increasingly interested in agriculture.
Fresh ripe lemons on a lemons on tree
The fund will pursue a buy-and-lease strategy and will also target development projects that could deliver IRRs of ‘50-60%’, said a founding partner.
Chief investment officer Geert Peetermans says the change reflects a natural evolution towards investor-favorable structures within the rapidly developing impact investing market.
Close up of avocados
Harvard Management Company was forced to write off $1bn of 'deeply troubled assets' in 2017 but made investments totaling $100m in its last fiscal year.
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