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Precision irrigation startup Saturas raises $4 million from global investors

An Israeli farming collective, a Spanish winery and a Chinese fertilizer additives company were the investors in Israeli irrigation control company Saturas’s latest round. Saturas makes sensors for trees and crops that report when watering is needed, reducing unnecessary irrigation. The product, in development since 2013, is expected to launch this year. Renzong Wang of the

Vegan dairy company Perfect Day raises $24.7 million

The Berkeley, Calif.-based company makes high protein vegan, lactose-free “dairy” products. The company’s mission is to “help people enjoy the dairy food they love, while leaving a kinder footprint on the planet.” Singapore’s state-owned investment fund Temasek led the round. Temasek has backed other sustainable food and farm ventures, including vegetarian meat company Impossible Foods and

Accion, MetLife Foundation partner on financial inclusion incubator

The MetLife Foundation is backing Accion’s fintech incubator with $5.4 million in funding. Most of the funding will focus on Latin America; Eastern Europe and Asia are also included in the three-year initiative. “We’ve found that customers in Latin American cities aren’t getting access to the tools they need,” Accion’s María Camila Gómez tells ImpactAlpha. “A

Gates Foundation to commit $170 million to women and girls by 2022

The foundation’s gender equality initiative will target women and girls to help cut poverty. “No society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered,” Melinda Gates writes. “We have not always been as intentional in this area as we might have been or as we intend to be in the future. As a

RBC launches women-focused exchange traded fund tracking Canadian companies

RBC’s Global Asset Management group, which manages more than $400 billion in assets, has developed an ETF comprised of Canadian companies that have boards with at least 30% female representation and/or strong female director and executive-level representation. The RBC Vision Women’s Leadership MSCI Canada Index ETF will trade on the Toronto-based NEO Exchange. Top holdings

The milkman cometh, tree-free paper, demystifying impact investing, innovative financing for global…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Doodhwala cuts out middlemen to boost incomes of India’s small dairy producers. Every morning in India, local milkmen deliver fresh milk to millions of household doorways. The predictable morning routine across the country provides a measure of financial security to India’s tens of millions of tiny dairy farmers. Delivery

Doodhwala cuts out middlemen to boost incomes of India’s small dairy producers

Every morning in India, local milkmen deliver fresh milk to millions of household doorways. The predictable morning routine across the country provides a measure of financial security to India’s tens of millions of tiny dairy farmers . Delivery service Doodhwala is using that morning routine to help those farmers sell their milk at a better price.