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Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture, led the previously announced funding round with a $2.5m investment.
The second Swedish pension fund is to audit its Brazilian farmland assets – part of its commitment to TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLP – to ensure they adhere to sustainability and corporate governance principles.
Dolma Impact Fund, the Nepal-focused private equity fund, held a first close on $21 million last week and is targeting agribusinesses across the value chain.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor
While engagement with the process is encouraging, the private agri investment market is having to navigate a patchwork of responsible investment guidelines already established and still taking shape.
The global development group is dedicating 60% of its budget to help 500m farmers in developing nations, according to a UN Climate Summit announcement.
The developing country focus of the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems is a bit narrow, but the principles are still significant, according to Paul McMahon, managing director at SLM Partners.
The private sector has been actively involved in the two-year negotiation process for the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems, according to Robynne Anderson, secretariat for the International Agri-Food Network.
The private equity industry is taking development issues more seriously when searching for new investments in agriculture and other sectors.
World Bank HQ, Washington DC - iStock
A recent World Bank report concluded that agribusinesses with a positive impact on local communities performed better than those without.

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