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CoBank, a national cooperative bank, has anchored the public-private fund with a $10bn commitment to be used in loans. The fund hopes to attract additional private capital from institutional investors.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor
Agri Partners and Caribbean Sustainable Agriculture are making use of debt - should more agri investment firms follow their lead?
Ascent Africa has raised $50m towards the $70m target of its debut 'Rift Valley' fund, which will invest a large portion of its capital in agri-related processing companies.
The Mexican government is anchoring its third Agribusiness Capital Fund, targeting $100m. It hopes to launch a separate fund to attract foreign private equity funds at a later date.
Baring, BlackRock and Focus Investment Banking discuss the appeal of the precision agriculture sector and the limited opportunity in the listed market.
The Sri Lankan government recently announced the establishment of the Global Aquaculture Fund to boost investment into the industry.
Macro economic challenges have pushed aspiring dairy businesses to use M&A as a means of achieving their expansion goals, according to a recent report by Rabobank.
Interest in forestry investing has grown over the past five years, according to a range of forestry companies and consultants, although investor attention remains temperate.
Mangoes ripening
The development finance institution has joined Dutch development bank FMO and GAFSP to invest $15m collectively into Malawi Mangoes.
The final close surpassed the African investment management firm's original target of $500m after the fund attracted demand from 40 investors.

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