China is encouraging private equity and venture capital firms to participate in rural financing, as a means of supporting rural development and lifting the economy.
A consortium supported by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (MSPEA) has modified its take-private bid for Chinese nutrients company Yongye International, sweetening the deal in return for a lower shareholder approval threshold for it to go through.
Temasek Holdings has invested INR2.5 billion ($40 million) in Indian agri-services provider Star Agriwarehousing and Collateral Management.
A consortium led by Hopu Investments will take a minority position in an agribusiness joint venture being set up by Chinese agricultural conglomerate COFCO Corporation and Noble Group, an agriculture and energy supply chain manager.
Accel Partners India and Horizen Ventures have together invested $1 million in Teabox, a start-up that operates out of Singapore and Bangalore.
A consortium led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings has offered to pay $2.1 billion to take full ownership of agricultural commodity trading conglomerate Olam International. The consortium already owns a 52.5% stake in the firm.
Shareholders have rejected a $339 million offer - supported by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (MSPEA) - to take US-listed Chinese animal and plant feed maker Yongye International private.
The term "real assets" doesn't generally conjure up images of almonds. And these assets aren’t widely available. California, Spain and Australia account for around 80% of a global almond market set to be worth $5 billion in 2013.
RRJ Capital plans to invest RMB1.5 billion ($250 million) for a 45% stake a dairy farming joint venture with Shanghai-listed Bright Dairy & Food, a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Bright Food Group.
Adveq’s real assets division has completed the purchase of 18,000 hectares of almond orchards in Australia for A$211 million ($200 million) from commodities conglomerate Olam International. Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan and Danica...
Black River Asset Management, the private equity unit of US agribusiness giant Cargill, has increased its stake in listed food processing and export company AgriNurture (ANI).
India’s agricultural sector is fast-growing but inefficient. Private equity is well positioned to capitalize on the need for better technology, information and distribution
Hachimenroppi, a Japanese firm that operates an IT-enabled fresh fish distribution platform, has secured a JPY150 million ($1.5 million) round of investment from Pygmalion No 2, a venture fund managed by Tokyo-based firm Value Create. Two strategic investors...
KKR isn’t known for backing start-ups, but the risks associated with the firm’s recent foray into dairy farm ownership in China are tempered by the presence of familiar partners. For its first control deal in China and its first greenfield deal globally,...
China Investment Corp. (CIC) is now the second largest shareholder in Russia's Uralkali - the world's biggest potash producer - after it converted bond holdings into equity equivalent to a 12.5% stake.
A $339 million management buyout offer for Yongye International, supported by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (MSPEA), has won board approval. The US-listed Chinese animal and plant feed maker is now set to be taken private, pending a shareholder vote.
CLSA Capital Partners (CLSA CP) has invested in VoloAgri Group, a California-based agricultural technology company, which is the third agriculture investment channeled through its Clean Resources Asia Growth Fund.
The PE unit of Chinese food conglomerate COFCO will be among the cornerstone investors in milk producer China Huishan Dairy Holdings, which plans to list in Hong Kong in September.
Kaiima Bio-Agritech, an Israel-based seed and breeding technology firm, has raised over $65 million from three new investors including Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, International Financial Corporation (IFC), and Infinity Group....
Rabo Equity’s India Agribusiness Fund has invested another INR800 million ($12 million) in Prabhat Dairy, while French development finance institution Proparco has committed INR600 million to the company.
Sari Wangi is Indonesia's largest private tea player. CLSA Capital Partners invested not so much for exposure to the crop as what the company offers as a platform for distributing agricultural technology.
VC investors Omnivore Partners has made a seed stage investment into Bangalore-based Barrix Agro Sciences, which develops pest control products that can reduce the use of chemical insecticides. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Driven by rising disposable incomes and lower confidence in food safety, Chinese consumers are willing to pay a premium for quality. PE firms have identified the opportunity, but taking it can be difficult