Welcome to AgFunderNews’ weekly roundup of funding and industry news from across the globe. This week, the increasing pension fund interest in farmland as an investment was further confirmed with a new $100 million commitment, while a private equity-backed Indian dairy company added to its recent IPO fundraising effort, and a couple of wine technology fundings were sure to have enthusiasts raising their glasses.
Indian horticulture production just hit a new record and there are three broad areas in need of innovation in the sector presenting an opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors, writes Hemendra Mathur.
High-profile startup hires, a startup IPO, and new startup resources also make up part of this week's brief.
Stellapps offers data collection and analytics to every piece of the dairy supply chain with the aim of improving the productivity, and quality of milk, and producing transparent data both for and about the dairy industry.
RML Agtech is hoping to alleviate some of the pressures faced by India's farmers with its multi-function, online agtech platform with some similarities to American startup Farmers Business Network.
Blue Apron filed for an IPO, and an internal dispute at Hampton Creek are just two stories in this week's industry brief.
The Indian farmer needs agtech innovation to address some of their key challenges, writes Hemendra Mathur.
A bumper two weeks of funding saw 14 startups raise $184m across on-farm biotech, biotech, satellite imagery, India, 3D printing, including Instacart's $400m Series D. There was also an ag data acquisition in the UK.
Hemendra Mathur, agribusiness investment lead and venture partner at Bharat Innovations Fund in India, writes about five trends in agritech innovation
A varied week of agtech fundings includes a food waste-to-biofertilizer company, a leading global private equity firm, an Irish startup using artificial intelligence to find healthy peptides, a precision ag software startup, and more.
Listen to Kahn, a regular on the US agtech scene, talk about why he ended up in India, how the firm built its first agtech portfolio and the rapidly changing dynamics of the industry at large.
Indian business incubator CIIE, which was responsible for India's first agtech accelerator, contributed to the funding round alongside two angel investors.
Hemendra Mathur, managing director for Indian private equity firm SEAF India Investment Advisors, discusses the growing organic food market in India and where investors can find value.
Dazo, a fresh meal delivery company backed by local high profile investors, has shut up shop in the same week that SpoonJoy reduced its service. What does that say about the sector?
Impact investment firm Creation Investments Capital Management led the private equity round to support the global expansion plans of Sohan Lal Commodity Management and its agri-financing arm.
Read about the public and private funding of two Indian dairy operations, a farmer relief program in France and the cancellation of a private equity seafood deal.
There is an emerging trend building in India for young startup businesses to partner with large, local corporates. Sickle Innovations, a business focused on designing efficient agri equipment for agriculture in India, as entered into one such partnership.
AgFunderNews recently had the opportunity to talk to Indian VCs at Aavishkar and Intellecap Impact Investment Network about portfolio company Agro Star and other technologies getting them excited in the sector.
This is the second part of Raghavan Sampathkumar's article on the prospects and challenges of agtech development in India. In part two he discusses realistic scenarios in the country's agriculture sector, and offers recommendations to agtech entrepreneurs.
This week's fundings include a private equity fund investment into a fruit and veg multinational, a $2m angel investment into a U.S. drone service and $4m into an Indian e-commerce service for farmers.