ReFED Names Chris Cochran As First Executive Director
ReFED, a collaborative, cross-sector effort of 40 businesses, non-profits, foundations, investors and policymakers committed to reducing food waste in the United States, has named Chris Cochran, Walmart’s senior manager of Corporate Sustainability, as its first executive director, effective in April.
Further M&A activity from large agribusinesses like Jain is essential so we caught up with Observant to find out what pieces of advice the cofounder would give to farm-based agritech startups hoping to turn their businesses into acquirable companies.
A meaty industry brief this week includes a lawsuit against larger food companies including Tyson and Perdue, new grant options for food & ag research, India's TIME winner of the year, and a plan to build 100 black soldier fly farms.
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.
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.
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.
Is more venture capital investment on your wish list? Or are you hoping to see more robotics startups or employable talent in the space? We spoke to a range of industry insiders to find out what they're dreaming of for 2017.