Today’s the last day of 2021 – which seems like just the right time to look back on the year’s top news stories, analysis, and opinion published by the AFN editorial team over the past 12 months.
We kicked off in January with a report revealing that formerly-married philanthropists Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates jointly own the largest private portfolio of farmland in the US.
This was the first in a flurry of connected top news stories about Gates and his agrifood interests; including our most-read report of the year, which detailed the Microsoft co-founder’s participation in a Reddit ‘ask me anything’ session where he discussed his farmland investments.
Other stories which racked up plenty of reads during the year included several which focused on incumbent ‘Big Ag’ and ‘Big Food’ corporates and their increasing involvement in the world of agrifoodtech: Cargill, John Deere, and McDonald’s were among those making the news.
What follows are the top 20 agrifoodtech headlines of 2021, as reported by the AFN team, listed by number of unique pageviews. For the top 20 guest features published on AFN this year, check out yesterday’s post.
15. Bushel acquires Cargill & ADM’s GrainBridge
20. IGS banks $58m to cement its place as the John Deere of vertical farming
[Disclosure: AgFunder is an investor in IGS]
A total of 1,258,139 readers visited AFN in 2021, up 28% from 983,902 in 2020.
The top 10 countries over the 12-month period, in descending order by number of readers, were the US, India, the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and China.
By far our fastest-growing audience is in China, which saw readership numbers leap 240% year-on-year. However, the US — already the leading country by audience share — remains our biggest audience and continues to grow; it actually increased its share of AFN‘s overall reads from 40% in 2020 to 45% this year.
AFN‘s top 10 identifiable cities by readers were, in descending order, Singapore (Singapore), New York (US), London (UK), Paris (France), Los Angeles (US), Sydney (Australia), Chicago (US), San Francisco (US), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Melbourne (Australia).
Here’s wishing all of AFN‘s readers, sponsors, and supporters a very happy 2022. Enjoy your weekend, and rest assured we’ll be back reporting full time next week to start coverage on what we’re sure will be agrifoodtech’s biggest year yet!