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Dairy processor Tanga Fresh clinches fresh capital and support for smallholder farmers

ImpactAlpha, September 14 – Tanga Fresh’s growth over nearly 25 years has made it the largest dairy processing company in Tanzania. The company, which processes 80,000 liters of milk per day, raised equity financing from Dutch investment firm DOB Equity to meet rising demand from East African consumers. Farmer support from development nonprofit Solidaridad Network

Credit Suisse rolls out sustainable oceans equity fund

ImpactAlpha, September 9 – Credit Suisse is launching an investment fund this month to help clients invest in pollution prevention, the low-carbon transition and ocean conservation, Citywire Selector reports. The Swiss bank is partnering with Rockefeller Asset Management and the nonprofit Ocean Foundation, which is helping define the fund’s impact and scope. Credit Suisse’s did

Farmers Business Network spins off GRO Network to track agricultural carbon

ImpactAlpha, September 8 – A new venture from California-based agtech company Farmers Business Network is tracking the carbon footprint of grains. GRO Network’s aim is to help regenerative farms get premium pricing for sustainably grown crops and connect with buyers like Unilever and biorefinery Poet. “The end result of this shared effort is to both accelerate

Smart subsidies for Africa’s high risk, low return smallholder finance market

A financing model from Aceli is looking to turn tens of millions of dollars in donor capital into hundreds of millions in lending by mitigating risks and boosting the returns for lenders to the least-served and most impactful African agribusinesses.

ABC Fund backs INSOTEC to finance Ecuador’s small farmers

ImpactAlpha, August 31 – Quito-based INSOTEC provides loans and credit to Ecuador’s micro-business owners and smallholder farmers. Its $58 million loan book serves roughly 18,000 borrowers. A $3 million investment from the Agri-Business Capital Fund, or ABC Fund, will aid farmers in the COVID recovery (see, “Emerging markets Agri-Business Capital Fund secures €50 million“).