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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.

Tehran opens for business after sanctions lifted

As sanctions are lifted on Iran, private equity firms are poised to move into the country, and one firm is eyeing a Kurdistan dairy company.

Saudi Arabia pushes forward with food security investments

Saudi Arabia has paid $188m for a stake in Brazilian beef producer as the kingdom bolsters food security through foreign agri asset purchases.

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