Fund Watch

  • Caisse de dépôt Launches $125M Ag Fund

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has launched Fonds agroalimentaire CDPQ – a new $125 million fund targeting investments in Québec’s agri-food industry. CDPQ is one of the leading institutional fund managers in Canada. With $270.7 billion in net assets as of December 31, 2016, la Caisse is a long-term institutional inve

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  • Acumen Launching India-Focused Fund

    Social impact, venture capital investor Acumen will be raising a new fund which will focus on the agriculture, water, education, housing, and healthcare sectors in India. Founded in 2001 by Jacqueline Novogratz with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation, and a field of supporting philanthropic investors, Acumen o

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  • Incofin Raises Additional $27M for agRIF Fund

    Belgium-based Incofin Investment Management announced it has raised an additional $27 million for its agRIF fund, bringing the fund’s total commitments to $140 million toward its goal of $200 million. Through its offices in Belgium, Colombia, Kenya, and Cambodia, Incofin Investment Management is manager and advisor to funds designed to in

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  • Australia’s NFF, Spar Capital Partners to Launch A$500M Berkeley Calga Agribusiness Fund

    Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and boutique investment firm, Spar Capital Partners, have announced the launch of Berkeley Calga Agribusiness Fund (Berkeley Calga) - a 10-year, A$500 million vehicle that will focus on a broad range of agricultural categories from broad acre farming, processing, and protein production. The

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  • Catalyst Private Equity Announces Close of Second SPV Fund at 35 Percent IRR

    Catalyst Partners has announced the successful closing of its second special purpose vehicle (SPV) – Mozar’ II with an internal rate of return (IRR) of 35 percent. The closing of Mozar’ II follows upon the successful close of Mozar’ I with an IRR of 32 percent. Established in 2012 and headquartered in Giza, Egypt, Catalyst Partners

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  • Avrio Sees 5X Return from Farmers Edge Sell-Down

    Earlier this year Fairfax Financial, the holding company of Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa, invested an undisclosed amount in digital precision and data management agtech company Farmers Edge. Through the transaction, Fairfax Financial not only committed fresh capital to the company, but bought out, or bought down venture capital firms tha

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  • Sustainable Agriculture Fund Portfolio Being Sold

    After seven years as cornerstone investors, a collection of Australian superannuation funds including AustralianSuper, have made the decision to exit the Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF). The collective move has placed AgCAP, the fund’s manager, in the position of listing the fund’s portfolio of agricultural assets on the market with exp

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  • Phatisa Targets US$300M for Phatisa Food Fund II

    Phatisa, a sector-focused African private equity firm with the mission of feeding and housing the continent, announced it is targeting US$300 million for Phatisa Food Fund II (PFF)– a successor to the firm’s African Agriculture Fund (AAF) which closed in 2013 at US$246 million. The new 10-year PFF, which will focus on investment opportu

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  • SproutX Announces Close on Agtech Fund at $10M

    Australian agtech startup accelerator and co-working innovator, SproutX, announced a first close on its SproutX Venture Capital Fund at A$10 million. The backing for the fund, which is managed by Artesian Venture Partners, is being committed by Artesian and from the superannuation fund Hostplus. This funding will back SproutX’s 2017 accel

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  • Carolina AgTech Accelerator Pours $10M Into Crop Fungicide Startup

    The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based AgTech Accelerator has revealed agtech startup Boragen as its maiden investment. Boragen develops a fungicide that targets fungi to bolster crop yields, all while using a sustainable farming approach. The AgTech Accelerator and its investors are backing the startup with a $10 million Series A investment.

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