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New Sumitomo unit to hunt ag VC investments

Sumitomo's Corporate Venture and Innovation Office will also explore investments in healthcare, environment, and information and communication technology.

Mitsui expands investment in Vietnamese shrimp with agri identified as growth area

The Japanese investment giant has acquired stake in Minh Phu Seafood after first investing in an affiliated company in 2013.

Japan Post Bank eyes agri opportunities

Director of private equity and infrastructure Yasuhiro Ono said the institution is looking to diversify across geographies, vintages and managers.

Western Sydney International Airport could house agtech cluster: report

Report from the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre proposes a cluster that would enable Australia to increase its exports of fresh fruit and vegetables, and other commodities.

Chinese investment in Australian ag slows to trickle in 2018

Only $85m of deals were made by Chinese investors into Australian agriculture, part of an overall decline in investment in all sectors of 37.6%.

Proterra to launch Asia-focused $800m agribusiness fund

The fund will follow the firm’s last two food funds, capitalizing on rising demand for quality food in emerging markets.

$300m LDN vehicle makes debut investment after first close

Fund manager Gautier Quéru says he hopes fundraising will accelerate in 2019 to enable the UN-backed Land Degradation Neutrality Fund.

Rabo Equity Advisors to launch $500m third fund in 2019 in Indian agri-food sector

The vehicle is a response to population growth in the country and demand for higher-quality produce due to increased spending power, Executive Chairman Rajesh Srivastava told Agri Investor.

Bega Cheese to sell Capilano stake and clear way for take-private bid

The dairy producer has bowed out of contention in the race to buy Capilano, with a China-focused consortium poised to triumph.

responsAbility backs developing world organics

Head of agriculture equity Rik Vyverman says Suminter’s customer base among Western food and clothing providers reduces foreign exchange risk and helps the investment meet the firm’s financial return target.
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