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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.
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The Lagos-based private equity firm has bought a catfish and tilapia fisheries facility in Nigeria as it plans to invest more into the agribusiness sector.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development invested €871m into the agribusiness sector in 2013, including €60m in commitments to the southern and eastern Mediterranean region.
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.
Inclusive Growth: An Imperative for African Agriculture
A new report by the African Development Bank sets out the role of agro-industry in food security and inclusive growth on the African continent.
Jacob Robbins, the former managing director of global sweeteners at Coca Cola, plans to establish projects across Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, predominantly in bioenergy crops.
Agri Investor’s first drinks event went off with a bang as attendees discussed investing into Africa, the trials and tribulations of tilling the land and the debate between Australian and New Zealand dairy managers heated up.
Early stage funding for any agriculture project can be tough but the world's development finance institutions should step up and do more, writes Paddy Docherty, chief executive of Phoenix Africa Development Company.

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