Whether for profit or social motives - and often both - an increasing number of investors are targeting opportunities in African agriculture. At the same time innovative approaches for deploying aid to support farming businesses linked to smallholders are emerging. This blog provides a snapshot of who is doing what, where and how.

9 November 2010

Agriculture, farmland attracting "impact investors"

Investors eyeing agriculture in Africa, Latin America and other global markets are increasingly merging their pursuit of profits with a philanthropic zeal that promoters say will pay benefits over the long term.
So-called "impact investing" is catching on with a range of private equity groups, financial services firms, venture capital funds and other moneyed players.

"There are a cadre of investors who are working under the hypothesis that one can invest for the long-term in a manner that is both economically sustainable and socially palatable," said Ademola Adesina, a former investment banker for JPMorgan who oversees business development and corporate strategy for AQUIFER, an investment company.

"Long-term sustainability, particularly in agriculture, requires a deep collaboration and symbiosis between investor activities and the communities in which they operate," Adesina said.

Full article from Reuters