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The global food and agriculture markets will need to focus on innovation if they are to feed the world's growing population according to a 50-page report from Rabobank.
German airline Lufthansa has been working on establishing a biofuel investment fund to help secure an alternative fuel supply for its jets. Here Joachim Buse, vice president, aviation at the German airline, describes the process so far.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor
Big data and precision ag have been attracting VC attention. But what of other agri-related opportunities for the venture set?
The Larta Institute will use endowment funds to invest in start-up companies alongside its venture capital partner.
Accessing capital remains a challenge but a large deal for a local biotech firm last year points to the sector's potential, according to Israeli agtech incubator Trendlines.
Fifteen British agtech firms are to receive a share of an £18 million agtech investment fund, financed by the UK government and industry partners. But the sector needs more funding, according to industry insiders.
The creation of a Rs 100 crore ($16.6m; €12m) agtech investment fund does not go far enough to support the sector but alongside other agri initiatives is a step in the right direction, according to private equity professionals.
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Wastewater Capital Management, the US-based fund manager, will enter into partnerships with farmers and food manufacturers to produce a variety of revenue streams.
Crowd Funding. Yellow Roadsign.
Some agtech companies are turning to charity fundraising to help finance their projects because regular investment into the industry remains low.
The technology venture capital fund has raised $125m for Fund III as it narrows its focus on technology applications, away from infrastructure and analytics.

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