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Blockchain start-up hopes to foster peer-to-peer lending between farmers

Australia-based BlockGrain says its technology could help growers earn additional revenue while helping others avoid costly bridge loans and overdrafts.

Thunder Bay project points to the future of forestry

FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products are launching a $17m venture that will produce bio-chemicals derived from wood, as part of an effort to renew the forest products industry.

PE firm bets on converting dairy waste into energy

Houston-based EIV Capital’s $47m investment in AMP Americas will support plans to expand production of biogas using dairy waste as a feedstock.

Oaktree-backed cold chain platform expands into Poland

Agro Merchants Group says the deal underscores the importance of Poland and Eastern Europe as key markets poised for expansion.

World Bank launches new agri center in Nepal

Nepal’s agro-entrepreneurs will have a whole suite of services available to them as they look to grow and improve their businesses, in the form of a new innovation center, launched by the World Bank.

Pipeline Foods: Targeting the underdeveloped organic supply chain

Pipeline chief executive officer Eric Jackson spoke with Agri Investor about the current state of those supply chains, the role Pipeline hopes to play in increasing organic acreage and attractive investment areas the firm has identified.

Phatisa targets $300m for second agri fund

OPIC has committed up to $75 million to the fund manager’s second agricultural fund, which like its predecessor will target the food and FMCG value chain in sub-Saharan Africa.

Narrow farm-level focus is ‘limiting’ Australian agri

New sources of investment and structural change are needed to increase Australia’s market share, Agribusiness Australia says.

EBRD backs Louis Dreyfus’ expansion with $100m loan

The new line of credit will finance LDC’s working capital needs in eight countries in Eastern Europe and North Africa.

Rwanda’s agri sector receives $46m boost from World Bank

The new loan will go towards irrigation, transport, research and technology with a view to increasing productivity.

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