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On Monday, Agri Investor's editor joined four agri-investment professionals on Resonance FM's N@ked Short Club.
The insurer has committed $47.5m to Old Mutual African Agri Fund, a buy-and-leaseback fund that aims to improve farms and plantations and build social infrastructure for workers.
The African republic will invest a further $56.8m into its joint ventures with Olam, underlining the projects' importance in developing Gabon's nascent palm and rubber industries.
Russia's annexation of the Crimean region in the Ukraine may impact neighbouring agri investment communities.
Impact investment lender Calvert Foundation plans to establish an agri-related sideline.
The two international organisations have launched a $19 million programme to assist smallholder farmers across the poverty-stricken country
The Nigerian government made two commitments to the fund that is targeting $100m to provide agribusinesses in the country with growth capital.
A $5m investment into a Kenyan flower exporter represents one of the $100m Fund I's final deals, as the firm readies a first close for Fund II.
The $65m finance facility will be CDC’s first investment since its strategy change in September 2012.
UK finance development institution CDC has committed $20m to one of the largest agri-business private equity funds in Africa. CDC hopes the move stimulates fundraising in the sector.

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