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Why the future of smart farming depends on soil

Tomer Tzach, chief executive of analytics start-up CropX, says a new wave of cost-efficient sensors could help farmers run a much tighter ship by giving them greater understanding of what happens underground.

Aqua Capital buys second input distribution business in $100m move

Shortly after the Brazil-based firm sealed the fourth investment from its second fund, founding partner Sebastian Popik explains how it seeks to tap a sector that's finally attracting longer-duration capital.

Pensions, endowments and SWFs examining cannabis

Insiders tell Agri Investor of growing LP interest in cannabis funds and whispers of a search for ways to invest in them outside the strictures of 'sin clauses'.

EBRD doubles up on Ukrainian grain

After providing $40m to GNT in 2015, the development bank has approved a fresh infusion of funds to help the grain operator improve its infrastructure.

Insurer, VC invest in platform that helps farmers ‘monetize their data’

Farmobile has now secured $28m, part of which will go towards automating 'the world’s first marketplace for agronomic data.'

Arlon buys stake in Brazilian wholesaler amid appetite for ‘affordable’ foodstuff

The firm, which launched its Latin American fund in 2013 with a target of $400m, has since raised at least $147m for the vehicle.

PE competes with tech on talent and salary

Top talent being enticed away by tech unicorns is pushing up salaries in private equity, says search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

Cinven pays €450m for Spanish berry producer

The European buyout specialist trumped peers in its attempt to buy Planasa, which it intends to develop internationally.

NZ Super: Hunting for bigger direct deals

In the second of a series, we zoom in on the Maōri investment fund, a private equity vehicle the SWF will partner with as part of its Investment Hub.

Accessing agri: Equities, private funds… and cryptocurrencies

A Philippine conglomerate that is being forced to delist from the country’s stock exchange is offering its investors ‘calcoins’ in lieu of shares.

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