Farm Tech Investing Is Accelerating Faster Than Food Tech And General VC – New Report

As devastating as the pandemic has been, some good has emerged from the global health and economic crisis: investment to shore up global food systems has soared. Back in February we confirmed the extent of the boost investors gave entrepreneurs across the foodtech and agtech industry — 34.5% year-over-year to be precise.

And while we noticed a surge in investor interest in “upstream” technologies, those operating closer to the farm and in food production — alternative proteins, for instance — we now have numbers that show particular investor interest in technologies for farmers.

“Farm Tech” investing soared to $7.9 billion in 2020, topping 2019 investments by $2.3 trillion, or 41%, according to AgFunder’s 2021 Farm Tech Investment Report, in collaboration with Upstream Ag Insights. Continue reading “Farm Tech Investing Is Accelerating Faster Than Food Tech And General VC – New Report”

5 Ways to Make Money With Investments In Agriculture

There are many reasons to invest in agriculture: it is a low-risk investment that keeps pace with inflation and increases in value over the long-term, it is a tangible asset that provides benefit to the community, and it can diversify a portfolio. But how exactly does an investment like this make money?

Depending on the investment and the type of farm, investors can profit through several different ways.

We’ve covered five of the most common ways agriculture generates returns below. Continue reading “5 Ways to Make Money With Investments In Agriculture”

How to Invest in Agriculture & Farmland

The world’s population is growing and rural areas are dwindling. Savvy investors see this as an indicator that demand and associated prices for agricultural areas and farmland are set to rise. Investing in agriculture can offer opportunities for investors that are ripe for the picking (pun intended).

This article will give you a better understanding of why agricultural investment can be worth looking into as well as the various ways to invest in agriculture either as a passive or active investment.

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Unlocking Capital Flows for Forest Development in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Climate Investment Funds’ Forest Investment Program (CIF FIP) have released a report on how unlocking capital flows to foster forest sector development in Africa. The report builds on the results of the first African Forestry Investment Conference (AFIC) organized by AfDB in June this year in Accra, Ghana. Attended by over 70 participants, the conference highlighted the benefits of forestry investments in Ghana and in West Arica.

African countries have experienced the world’s most extreme land degradation through deforestation and this is seriously impacting Africa’s economic development, and compromising the continent’s resilience to climate change. Forestry is historically and currently a critical sector for Ghana, supporting the livelihood of a significant part of its population but Ghana’s forest resources have over the last decades been depleted at an alarming rate. Sustainable forest management is therefore important to curb this trend and keep Ghana on the path to green growth. The sector requires long term funding but currently attracts very limited private sector financing due mainly to perceived high risk and the nature of the financial market. “This conference couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time” stated John Allotey, Deputy Chief of Ghana’s Forestry Commission in his welcoming remarks, noting that the Commission was celebrating “Forestry Week and greening Ghana Day 2017” with a focus on the importance of tree planting to livelihoods. Continue reading “Unlocking Capital Flows for Forest Development in Africa”