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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is Americas Editor at Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.
The New York-headquartered firm has secured at least two commitments for a follow-up to the $1.45bn Fund V, to focus on an agribusiness sector it says has outpaced all others since 2006.
As the sector grows, organic agriculture is facing a string of possibilities and challenges.
Australian produce provider Perfection Fresh will serve as a platform for growth focused on large-scale greenhouse facilities in markets including Southeast Asia and China, says chairman Dave Chen.
The firm’s early-stage ag investments could expand from Sub-Saharan countries without upper-middle income status into other regions of Africa, says chief executive Daniel Hulls.
Greenhouse
Soli operated as Shenandoah Growers before a rebranding announced in October, alongside a $120m agreement supporting construction of three indoor farms.
Deforestation, timberland, forestry
Sustainable Fitch director David McNeil says offsets can help 'counteract some of the drivers of deforestation and provide incentives for local long-term management'.
Co-Founder Trent Yang says agriculture could account for about 30% of the firm’s sustainability strategy, which seeks mid-teens returns.
Cows grazing, farm
Protein strategist Justin Sherrard expects net-zero commitments by food retail, food service and beef processors will spur investor interest in reducing beef’s 6% contribution to global emissions.
Despite some negative publicity associated with beef’s GHG emissions, the sector received a $500m USDA package to increase processing capacity while Rabobank’s Justin Sherrard says, ‘beef is where the answer lies.’
Goldman Sachs MD John Goldstein says pension funds, asset managers and sovereign wealth funds have expressed interest in The Restore Fund, a vehicle exploring the carbon sequestration potential of forest restoration.
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