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Saudi firm chalks up massive Ukraine deal as foreign interest tentatively returns

A source familiar with the deal tells Agri Investor it comes as some international investors explore re-entry into a market many fled three-and-a-half years ago amid heightened tensions with Russia.

Exclusive: Qatar’s Hassad Food to sell stakes in Australian assets amid strategy shift

The sovereign-backed firm is breaking up its portfolio of more than 104,000 hectares, with Macquarie’s Lawson Grains poised to take on some Western Australian assets.

Engulfing agri

At a time when most Middle Eastern sovereigns are already hungry for farmland deals, geopolitical tensions are pushing Qatar’s state-backed fund into an even greater acquisitive mode. Should other investors fear the competition?

Qatar SWF goes shopping for farms abroad as blockade bites

The ag subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, which already owns chunks of farmland in Australia, plans to invest $500m in Sudan by 2021. We take a look at the unit’s current holdings overseas.

ADM Capital makes fourth deal from debut ag fund

The Cibus vehicle, which has a $500m fundraising target, has deployed nearly $70m after backing Israel-based Rootility.

SALIC adds ex-COFCO exec: reports

Matthew Jansen, who had the same position with China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation’s international grain business, has reportedly joined Saudi Arabia’s state-backed ag investment unit as chief executive.

SoftBank leads $200m investment in indoor farm start-up

San Francisco-based Plenty has raised $200m from Japan’s SoftBank Group and other high-profile investors in what it calls ‘the largest agriculture technology investment in history’.

How to encourage investment in early stage agtech

Nitza Kardish, chief executive at Israeli early stage agtech investment firm and incubator Trendlines, argues that a wider pool of investors, including farmers, is needed to get start-ups on their feet.

Saudis to continue agri investment amid diversification effort

The kingdom will continue to buy agri assets, as it reduces dependence on oil and boosts food security.

Forage cultivation is opportunity – GP report

Canada’s forage export market could grow on the back of Chinese and Saudi Arabian demand.

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