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Agricultural Investment Funds for Development

Descriptive Analysis and Lessons Learned from Fund Management, Performance and Private-Public Collaboration

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This publication explores agricultural investment funds as a vehicle for financing agricultural businesses and projects. It looks at the capital needs of the different agricultural actors along the agricultural value chain and taking into consideration investment funds involving all kinds of investors (private, public as well as joint initiatives) and investment objectives. The publication draws heavily from the FAO 2010 publication “Agricultural Investment Funds for Developing Countries”, which was developed from an FAO-ConCAP research study that identified a broad range of investment funds that target agriculture in developing and transitioning countries. The identified funds were classified according to various criteria such as geographic distribution, capital, shareholder and investor base, investment instruments, target group served and financial performance, as well as organizational and operational structure. In this context, 63 agricultural investment funds fitting the selection criteria were identified and used in this study.

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Stocktaking of agricultural investment funds and fund managers

An investment fund is a mechanism to bring together assets of multiple investors in a collective investment scheme. Investment funds enable investors to pool their capital for specific target groups of companies, sectors and/or regions. This funding mechanism is becoming widely used by public investors and private foundations as a tool to achieve their development objectives and leverage their financial resources. Investment funds are usually managed by fund management companies that have specialized knowledge and experience on the investment targets. If successful, funds can attract investment from the private sector and yield financial returns and development impact within the strategy agreed on by investors.

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