The African Agriculture Fund (AAF) is a unique investment vehicle, which provides equity funding to private companies in the African agricultural and food-specific sectors. It strives to make a positive impact on African agriculture and food production. Through its funding, portfolio companies are able to implement strategies that enhance and diversify food production and distribution in Africa, in response to the continent’s food security challenges.
Analysis & Strategy
The potential for exceptional returns via the private equity route remains very high, but also poses some significant challenges, says Pieter de Wet, Head of Research at Novare Equity Partners
West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“Powering Africa” has been a hot topic for the past few years. As the continent experiences increased urbanization and GDP growth it is still constrained by a lack of access to reliable, affordable electricity. Both conventional and renewable technologies offer cost effective complementary power solutions, but building this infrastructure requires a significant amount of capital. Despite the sheer need, many investors find their real obstacles are not financial, but finding the right projects and management teams to deliver these projects.
The diversity of Africa’s 54 unique countries is a fact which African experts and Africa-facing companies have been stressing for years. The varied effect of the global oil price decline on countries across Africa is simply a case in point, writes Paul Clark.
Over the past few months we’ve been busy collecting your votes on who should make our inaugural Africa Global Funds’ list of Top 40 institutional investors in Africa. With your help we have chosen institutions among banks, insurance companies and development finance institutions, as well as SWFs, endowments and foundations. While these investors differ widely in the strategies and philosophies, they have one thing in common – they commit substantial funds to Africa’s development, promoting job creation and supporting economic growth throughout the continent. The AGF Top 40 Institutional Titans is our recognition of these visionary investors who are shaping up the future of Africa.
The major long-term economic trends have intensified the need for new infrastructure and emphasized the huge investment potential that exists across the African continent, finds Anna Lyudvig
Private equity investors are taking into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, helping to drive best practice, attendees heard at the launch of the first Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) Case Study Compendium in Sandton, South Africa last week.
Some of the lowest valuations in decades in the African mining sector are likely to spur a wave of deals in the sector, creating a window of opportunity for private equity players.
The US Federal Reserve is set to tighten its monetary policy for the first time after the 2008 global financial crisis. Anna Lyudvig analyzes the possible implications for African markets
Even simple investment funds such as mutual funds can pose financial stability risks, and regulators need to know more about them through hands-on supervision, and better data and oversight, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund.
Bankability is one of the biggest issues in the African infrastructure space, finds Anne-Louise Stranne Petersen.
Investing in African real estate is an exciting way for investors to support and benefit from Africa’s rising consumer, says David Lashbrook, Head of Africa Investment Strategies at Momentum Global Investment Management.
Trends from the consumer world will drive incremental shifts for investment managers in 2015, say Marius Esterhuysen (left), senior regional manager, and Joel Burnette (right), consultant, at Advent Software.