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EXEO Capital reaches $146m final close on second Africa-focused agribusiness fund

Agri-Vie Fund II falls just short of $150m target but EXEO managing partner Herman Marais says food and agri remains a ‘logical entry point’ for long-term investors who want exposure to Africa.

Phatisa sells stake in Meridian Group as fundraising for second Food Fund continues

The Africa-focused firm says it has identified $200m of opportunities for Phatisa Food Fund 2, with some transactions at the due diligence stage.

ODI aims to guide developing market investors with Tenure Risk Tool

Anna Locke, head of the Overseas Development Institute’s program on agricultural development and policy, says investors too often take government guarantees that land is available for investment at face value.

EU unleashes private investment in African agriculture with €200m ABC fund

Brussels will inject €45m as well as attract private and impact investors.

FMO launches forestry investment program to fight climate change

The ambitious project by the Dutch development bank will operate in West Africa and South East Asia.

Alex Walker appointed to rapidly expand digital farmer-to-farmer network Wefarm

The knowledge-sharing network plans to increase its users from 1 million to 100 million with the expertise of the former Amazon executive.

DOB Equity invests in Ten Senses Africa amid growing demand for organic nuts

The impact investor plans to capitalize on the burgeoning fair-trade market by increasing the African producer’s trading volumes, margins and product lines.

Investors back InspiraFarms research to cut harvest losses in developing countries

The firm’s project features the installation of energy-efficient, small-scale refrigerated storage near the point of harvest to cut losses and drive investment across Africa, India and Latin America.

Phatisa hires Eugene Stals as CIO

The manager is currently raising its Food Fund 2, which held a first close on $125m and is targeting a final close on $300m by the middle of next year.

South African SWF teams with black-owned investor group for landmark beef deal

EXEO Capital chief executive Herman Marais tells Agri Investor skills transfer will be key to the success of any effort to bring more black farmers and investors into South Africa’s ag economy.
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