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Leonardo DiCaprio part of $3m Series A backing ‘sustainable’ fish

Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture, led the previously announced funding round with a $2.5m investment.

AP2 to audit Brazil farmland assets

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.

Nepal impact fund halfway to target

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

Too responsible?

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.

CGIAR to invest $600m a year on climate-smart agriculture

The global development group is dedicating 60% of its budget to help 500m farmers in developing nations, according to a UN Climate Summit announcement.

SLM talks principles ahead of UN vote

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.

UN to vote on agri investment principles

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.

KKR, Carlyle take closer look at development

The private equity industry is taking development issues more seriously when searching for new investments in agriculture and other sectors.
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Responsible agri investments produce higher returns

A recent World Bank report concluded that agribusinesses with a positive impact on local communities performed better than those without.
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