President Trump nominated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to head the US Department of Agriculture, while Mastercard launched an East Africa agtech platform, and applications opened for two new accelerators.
George Freeman, an advisor to Prime Minister of the UK, said that Britain’s imminent exit from the European Union presents an opportunity for Britain to become a powerhouse of global technical innovation, particularly in agriculture.
A bumper week of fundings includes startups offering satellite imagery analysis, drones-as-a-software, milk products, wine e-commerce and more.
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The accelerator, which is based in New York, selected eight startups from over 500 applications to take part in its 14-week program.
Santiago Tenorio from Cascade Global, a multi-family office based investing in agtech, writes about the financial return potential of the space.
Remi Schmaltz, CEO of Decisive Farming, writes about the role software tools will play in enabling transparency in the food chain.
Awards, partnerships and agtech product trials dominate this week's industry brief.
The multi-sector accelerator program is launching its first agtech program alongside one for robotics and employs a different model to most.
John Kim, managing partner of Amasia, a multi-family office and cross-border venture capital firm based in Singapore, tells us how he got into agritech investing and his different approach to sourcing investments.
A busy week of fundings saw $89m raised by startups offering technologies from farm-to-fork.
Kuli Kuli is the leading manufacturer and distributor of moringa-based products in the US.
The South African media group led the round for data analytics and record-keeping tool FarmLogs, joined by existing investors.
Consumers, educated about food waste but told their waste was going to be composed wasted just as much food as those who were uneducated about the perils of waste.
Smallholder farmers have limited cash flow to be able to purchase new agtech, so SunCulture, and other agtech startups operating in the African region, have had to get creative in how they sell their wares.
The White House, FDA, and NOAA made key moves that could impact the food & ag industry during the first few days of 2017.
We caught up with Christian Witt from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ahead of his speaking slot at the Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum in the UK.
AgriMetis, the crop protection spin-off from healthcare innovation firm Acidophil, has raised $23.5 million in Series B funding in an oversubscribed round led by Anterra Capital.
Organic chicken production company Shenandoah Valley Organic has raised $3.7 million in growth funding in a round led by food and ag investor S2G Ventures with other investors.
A bumper week of fundings as we catch up from the holidays offer a diverse look at the types of startups innovating in the food and ag space today.