Pearl Capital closes round for Uganda agriculture fund

The new Yield Uganda Investment Fund attracted €12 million ($12.9 million) to boost small- and medium-sized agricultural suppliers, producers, processors and transporters. Pearl Capital Partners, which also manages the $25 million African Agricultural Capital Fund launched in 2012 by JP Morgan and the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, hopes to double the new fund to €25

Pakistani emigrants back entrepreneurs back home

Pakistani emigrants back entrepreneurs back home As one of the “best hidden” frontier markets, Pakistan’s homegrown startups are starved for capital. Sarmayacar, based in London, is tapping Pakistani expatriates in Singapore, New York and other finance capitals as well. The investor network’s seed fund syndicate has raised more than $3 million and made its first deal, a

Tropical Landscapes financing in Indonesia gets boost from Convergence

ADM Capital, based in Hong Kong, will get an undisclosed amount from the investment matchmaking platform Convergence to develop its plans to boost investment in smallholder farmer livelihood, rural electricity and greenhouse gas reduction in Indonesia. Cash-generating projects in the Tropical Landscapes Financing Facility will be packaged into a Tropical Landscapes Bond in order to

New agriculture fund to protect forests, too

Norway has pledged $100 million to a $400 million fund to protect five million hectares of forest and peatlands by 2020. The new fund, to be managed by the Dutch manager IDH, will invest in forest-rich countries to boost the productivity of farmers while protecting forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Unilever is the first corporate

Technology will make agriculture better…and more sustainable

Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors. Tech innovations can help farmers feed 9.7 billion by 2050. Investors plowed $1.75 billion into agtech companies in the first half of 2016 to help farms use less water, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and more sunlight.

#Dealflow 9.29.16: Solar Power in Senegal, Sustainability Down Under and Soil Health for a Cool Planet

Does sustainability drive alpha? More investors seem to buy the argument that a more efficient supply chain, better governance and mitigation against growing risks such as climate change (or, more accurately, climate policy) drives better performance over time. A corollary thesis might be that companies with exposure to sectors such as sustainable agriculture and renewable

#Dealflow 6.23.16: Funds Boost Global Entrepreneurship, Chan-Zuckerberg Backs Andela, and a Bump for Diabetes Prevention

There’s nothing like a gathering of more than a thousand global entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, headlined by President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, to bring out the announcements of new funds and initiatives. The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit is in full swing at Stanford University, so we are